Sudanese Intellectuals in the Global Milieu: Capturing Cultural Capital propels Sudanese intellectuals into the global intellectual milieu and argues for their place in world intellectual history. The contributors posit that Sudan is currently in its most uncertain and perhaps most generative period, as the unrest, conflicts, and upheavals of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries threw Sudanese intellectuals and activists into identity, economic, environmental, religious, and existential crises. Despite these crises, the unrest has created a period of knowledge production and cultural production in Sudan. The contributors to the collection are Sudanese intellectuals who explore the history and evolution of knowledge production, thought, and cultural capital in Sudan.
Gada Kadoda is founding president and current head of the Board of Directors of the Sudanese Knowledge Society.
Sondra Hale is professor emerita in anthropology and gender studies at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Section I: Introductory
Chapter 1: More than a Grain of Sand: Opening Outward—Sudanese Thought in a Globalized Milieu
Chapter 2: Capturing Cultural Capital: Where to Start, and Which Ideas Matter?
Section II: Ghosts and Beacons
Chapter 3: Visitations: Dialogue with the Ghost of Dr. John Garang
Francis Mading Deng
Chapter 4: The Beacon: A Glimpse of Suad Ibrahim Ahmed’s Intellectual Life
Fatima Babiker Mahmoud, with an Addendum by Mohamed Suliman and Azza Mohamed
Section III: Hybridities and Ambiguities
Chapter 5: The Invention of the Northern Sudanese
Abdullahi Ali Ibrahim
Chapter 6: The Rise and Decline of the Hybridity Thesis in the Intellectual Discourse on Identity: The Sudan Example
Section IV: The Production of Intellectuals
Chapter 7: Interrogating the Dilemma of Sudanese Academics: Producing Knowledge or Recycling Ideologies
Chapter 8: The Pioneering Women’s and Gender Studies Intellectuals in Sudan: Ahfad University for Women
Balghis Badri and Mai Izeldeen
Section V: Marginalized Intellectual Communities
Chapter 9: “Peace-building” as Thought and Practice in the Nuba Mountains before 2011
Enrico Ille and Mariam Sharif
Chapter 10: Portrait of a Woman of Courage: Awadeya Koko, Organic Intellectual
Mai Azzam and Sana Makawi
Chapter 11: Life as an Act of Resistance: On Politics and Ideas—Youth Movements in Sudan
Section VI: Mahdists, Feminists, and Humanists
Chapter 12: Al-Sadiq Al-Mahdi’s Intellectualism: Searching the Iceberg
Rabah Al Sadig
Chapter 13: Transforming Lives: Fatima Babiker’s Feminist Trajectories
Amani El Jack
Chapter 14: Francis Mading Deng: Ideas for Bridging Boundaries, Managing Diversity and Reconciling Differences
Daniel Jok Deng and Luka Biong D. Kuol