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A History of the Sudan: From the Coming of Islam to the Present Day Paperback – 23 Feb 2000


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The last decade has witnessed momentous events in the history of the Sudan. Having harboured Osama bin Laden in the 1990s, the Sudanese government was directly affected by changes in US foreign policy after the terrorist attacks of September 2001. The long-running humanitarian crisis in Darfur and the enduring North-South civil war have attracted the world’s attention, but the negotiated end to the war  opened up the prospect of radical political and constitutional change, while the emergence of the Sudan as a major oil producer and its partnership with China have created possibilities until recently hardly realised.

 

All of these and other recent events are examined in this new edition of A History of the Sudan - still the only comprehensive history of Africa’s largest country. The book has been fully revised and updated, with expanded coverage of recent events and entirely new sections on the Darfur crisis, the last years of the civil war and changes to the country’s domestic politics and international relations.

 

Written by two of the world’s leading authorities on the subject, the 6th edition of A History of the Sudan provides the historical background essential for a proper understanding of these complex developments, and ensures that this book will remain the definitive introduction to the Sudan for students, scholars and the general reader.

 

 

 

The late P.M. Holt was Professor of the History of the Near & Middle East in the University of London, whose many important works on Sudanese history included most notably The Mahdist State in the Sudan (Oxford, 2nd edition 1970)

 

M.W. Daly is the author of some fifteen books on the history of the Sudan, including most recently Darfur’s Sorrow: The forgotten history of a humanitarian disaster (2nd edition 2010).

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P.M. Holt was Professor of the History of the Near & Middle East in the University of London, whose many important works on Sudanese history included most notably The Mahdist State in the Sudan (1970)

M.W. Daly is the author of some fifteen books on the history of the Sudan, including most recently Darfur’s Sorrow: The forgotten history of a humanitarian disaster (2nd edition 2010).

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Dense with Information, But Difficult to Follow 2 Jan. 2003
By Jeffery Steele - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Unless you already know a good deal about the history of the Sudan, this is probably not the book for you. While the text is less than 200 pages (not counting maps, bibliography, and index), the stunning number of names, organizations, and regions in it makes this a slow read, requiring the kind of careful attention one would use for a textbook. It is not a general history for the general reader.
But even with careful reading, this text can be confusing at times. I'm interested in the relationship between Libya and the Sudan through the Nimeiri era, and this book refers to that relationship several times. But it does so in a haphazard and seemingly contradictory way. On pages 168 and 169, Libya appears to support Nimeiri. But on page 172, Libya is cited as supporting the SPLA and, on page 174, the north African country supports a coup attempt against Nimeiri by a rival. No explanation is given for the change of policy.
I happen to know the reason for the change, but that is not the point. Any general history should be clear as to why the major actors in its drama have changed their positions. There are other instances of this kind of lack of clarity in the book.
The Author Introduction is very general and confusing. 23 Dec. 2014
By Almanar - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
As the title stated, the book is about the history of the Sudan. Here are some observations from the Introduction "The Land and the People"

The Native Christians of Sudan are Coptic, traditionally, they live in north Sudan as well as South Egypt. Catholic and other churches came to Sudan in the late 19th and Early 20 century. The writer failed to note that Sudan was a Christian state until the establishment of the Funj "Kingdom" Sultanate in the early 16th Century; instead, it shows the reader as if Christianity came recently with Lebanese and Egyptian immigrants to the Sudan.
The writer missed the chronological fact when he wrote how the Shulluk raided the Arab settlement down the White Nile, and how one of these raid led to the foundation of the Funj Kingdom.
Last note from the preview is the misnaming or spelling of city of Khartoum as" Khartown". This is very confusing to the first time learner of Sudan history.

In the introduction which constitute the abstract of the book, I expected citation of historical facts based on in depth research. However, I m struck by the miss-information and distortion of historical facts.
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WELL-WRITTEN GENERAL HISTORY OF THE SUDAN... 16 May 2005
By mfradin42 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Noted scholar, P.M. Holt has written a fine history of this region touching on all of the salient points in the development of Islam and its' metamorphosis throughout the 19th century. In particular, he shows how the force of Islam directly affected the Western Powers in Egypt and Sudan from the mid 19th century to the end of that millennium. In my new book, JIHAD: The Mahdi Rebellion in the Sudan (2003) I break down these historical forces and try to show how Islamic Radicalism is not a new force but a historical and cyclical one. We are, in my opinion, in the radical phase of Islamic history. Fundamentalism has reared its' head in many other Moslem nations today in answer to perceived Western intrusion into the sovereign affairs of these countries. Then too, there is the matter of economics- that is- oil! Whereas, the 19th century witnessed the building and opening of the Suez Canal for the purpose of commerce, the 21st has become the "Age of Energy." The Old Imperialism of the 19th century has given rise to a New Imperialism based on the economics of fossil fuels- most of it lying in Moslem lands. Sudan became a threat to Britain's ambitions in the region in the late 19th century when Fundamentalism among its' people fueled a vast uprising in the 1880's. Professor Holt writes of the entire picture while I try to encapsulate only those factors that impact on the United States today in the War on Terror. I found the book, A HISTORY OF THE SUDAN: FROM THE COMING OF ISLAM TO THE PRESENT DAY a good read but felt that he could have focused more on the factors within Islam that impact the West and the U.S. today in term of stopping terrorism.
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interesting book 13 Mar. 2007
By Salah Hassan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
detailed book , the author being lived in the Sudan , gave his views , vision and analysis that reflected thr real life and facts .
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