Who Are the Darfurians? Arab and African Identities, Violence and External Engagement

@article{Waal2005WhoAT,
  title={Who Are the Darfurians? Arab and African Identities, Violence and External Engagement},
  author={Alex de Waal},
  journal={African Affairs},
  year={2005},
  volume={104},
  pages={181-205}
}
  • A. Waal
  • Published 1 April 2005
  • Sociology
  • African Affairs
This article examines processes of identity formation in Darfur, now part of the Republic of Sudan, over the last four centuries. The basic story is of four overlapping processes of identity formation, each of them primarily associated with a different period in the region's history: namely, the 'Sudanic identities' associated with the Dar Fur sultanate, Islamic identities, the administrative tribalism associated with the twentieth-century Sudanese state, and the recent polarization of 'Arab… 

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