Hawks and Doves in Sudan's Armed Conflict: Al-Hakkamat Baggara Women of Darfur [Hardback]

Suad M.E. Musa(Author)

ISBN: 9781847011756 | Published by: James Currey | Series: Eastern Africa Series | Volume: 39 | Year of Publication: 2018 | 237p, H9.25 x W6.25, 3 b/w. 3 line.
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Hawks and Doves in Sudan's Armed Conflict



Al-Hakkamat Baggara women hold an instrumental position in rural Sudan, wielding agency, social and political power. This book uncovers their significant, but widely overlooked, role during the war in Darfur from the 1970s to today's continuing conflict. The author examines the influence they exercised through composing and reciting poems and songs, informal speech and other symbolic acts, and analysestheir impact in the social and political domains. Challenging the pervasive portrayal of women as natural peacebuilders and their roles as passive and submissive, the author highlights how Sudan's state government co-opted al-Hakkamat Baggara women to lobby on its behalf, to rally for war and to advocate for peace. Understanding how they can contribute to the resolution and resettlement processes is vital to sustainable reconciliation and post-conflict transformation of the unstable state.

Suad M.E. Musa (PhD) is a Freelance Consultant on gender and women's issues. She worked with the government of Sudan and with CSOs and INGOs in the Horn of Africa and Britain. She alsoworked as Assistant Professor of Sociology at Qatar University.

Table of Contents

Preface: Conflict in Darfur and the role of Darfuri rural women
Ethnicity and Administration in Darfur
Conflict in Darfur: Causes and implications
Al-Hakkamat Women
Local Inter-Ethnic Conflicts
Government and Racial Assimilation of Ethnic Groups
Liaising with Government
New Duties and Obligations
Roles in Peace and Reconciliation
Urban Identity and Social Change
Appendix: Chronology of Darfur 1445-2017

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