Arab Identity and Ideology in Sudan: The Politics of Language, Ethnicity, and Race

  title={Arab Identity and Ideology in Sudan: The Politics of Language, Ethnicity, and Race},
  author={Heather J. Sharkey},
  journal={African Affairs},
In what is now Sudan there occurred over the centuries a process of ta'rib, or Arabization, entailing the gradual spread of both Arab identity and the Arabic language among northern peoples. After the Anglo-Egyptian conquest of 1898, British colonial policies favoured a narrow elite from within these ‘Arab’ communities. Members of this elite went on to develop a conception of a self-consciously Sudanese Arabic national identity, in the process adapting the term ‘Sudanese’ (sudani), which… 
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