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The Darfur Sultanate : a history

Author: Rex Seán O'Fahey
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, cop. 2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Darfur entered the international spotlight in 2003 when Khartoum deployed the Janjaweek militia to violently suppress a separatist rebellion. Since then, over 200,00 people have been murdered and scores more have become refugees. In order to understand the extent of this humanitarian crisis, which has developed into one of the most imporatnt international causes of our day, the complicated history of this region  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Rex Seán O'Fahey
ISBN: 9780231700382 0231700385
OCLC Number: 690723436
Description: 1 vol. (XIX-357 p.) : cartes. ; 22 cm
Contents: The first Keira Sultanate --
Geography, ecology and ethnography --
States and state formation : Daju, Tunjur and Keira --
Down from the mountains : the expansion of the Keira state --
Stability and stagnation : nineteenth-century Darfur --
State and society --
Sultan and Fashir --
Hierarchies and elites --
Land and privilege --
Sultan and subject --
Government and community --
Islam, state and society --
Raiding and trading --
The end of independence --
The conquest of Darfur, 1873-74 --
Darfur 1874-1916 --
Darfur in the Sudan : postscript.
Responsibility: R.S. O'Fahey.

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"Darfur entered the international spotlight in 2003 when Khartoum deployed the Janjaweek militia to violently suppress a separatist rebellion. Since then, over 200,00 people have been murdered and scores more have become refugees. In order to understand the extent of this humanitarian crisis, which has developed into one of the most imporatnt international causes of our day, the complicated history of this region must be understood. Having conducted forty years of research in Sudan, O'Fahey has written the definitive account of the Darfur Sultanate. In addition to being a scholarly expert on the region, O'Fahey has worked with the United Nations Mission to Sudan (UNMIS) and the African Union during the peace talks in Abuja, which were initiatied to resolved Darfur's current crisis. Spanning from 1650 to 1916, O'Fahey's book discusses the impact of outside forces on the sultanate, focusing primarily on Darfur's ruling elite, which include sultans, royal women, holy men, traders, and other individuals in positions of power. The author's hope is to write a record of the history and culture of the Sultanate in its variety, complexity, and richness".--Rabat de la jacquette.

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