Saviors and Survivors Darfur, Politics, and the War on Terror
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From the author of the highly praisedGood Muslim, Bad Muslim,the first analysis of the crisis in Darfur that considers the events of the last few years within the broad context of the history of Sudan, as well as examines the efficacy of the world's response to the crisis. Illuminating the deeply rooted causes of the current conflict, Mahmood Mamdani explains how it began as a civil war (1987-89) triggered by a severe drought, its effects shaped by the way British colonial officials had tribalized Darfur, dividing its population between "native" and "settler" tribes, thereby creating homelands for the former at the expense of the latter; how the war was reignited in the 1990s when the government tried to address this problem, unsuccessfully, by creating homelands for dispossessed tribes; how the involvement of opposition parties gave rise in 2003 to two rebel movements, leading to a brutal insurgency and a horrific counterinsurgency but not genocide, as the West has declared. Mamdani explains, too, how the Cold War exacerbated the forty-year civil war in Chad, powerfully impacting upon neighboring Darfur. By 2003, the conflict involved national, regional, and global forces, including the powerful Western lobby calling for military involvement dressed up as "humanitarian intervention." Incisive and authoritative,Saviors and Survivorswill radically alter our understanding of the crisis in Darfur.
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Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 3/17/2009
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.75" long x 1.25" tall
Mahmood Mamdani is Director of Makerere Institute of Social Research at Makerere University and Herbert Lehman Professor of Government at Columbia University
|The Save Darfur Movement and the Global War on Terror|
|The Politics of the Movement to Save Darfur|
|Darfur in Context|
|Writing Race into History|
|Sudan and the Sultanate of Dar Fur|
|A Colonial Map of Race and Tribe: Making Settlers and Natives|
|Building Nation and State in Independent Sudan|
|The Cold War and Its Aftermath|
|Rethinking the Darfur Crisis|
|Civil War, Rebellion, and Repression|
|Conclusion: Responsibility to Protect or Right to Punish?|