Routledge – 2005 – 208 pages
Series: The Contemporary Middle East
Stretching between the savannah and the equator, Sudan is a microcosm of Africa, with one leg in the Arab world and the other in Africa. Sudan's development, however, has failed to address the differences within the country between its diverse ethnic communities. This has resulted in political instability and a lack of national consensus, ultimately leading to long-term civil war.
This useful book provides a comprehensive introduction to contemporary Sudan, outlining the evolution of the state with emphasis on its post-independence experience. It includes chapters on the history, politics, society, international relations and economy of the country.
1. State Formation 2. Complex Politics of a Post-Colonial State 3. Foreign Relations: Complex Geopolitics and Domestic Instability 4. The Economy 5. State and Society 6. Conclusion
Abdel Salam Sidahmed is Honorary Research Fellow at the Institute for Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, University of Durham.
Alsir Sidahmed is a freelance journalist.