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

By: Musa, Suad M.e.

Part of the Eastern Africa Series series
1847012655 / 9781847012654
Paperback / softback
Published 16/10/2020
United Kingdom
156 x 234 mm 237 pages, 3 Line drawings, black and white; 3 Illustrations, black and white
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WINNER OF THE 2019 AIDOO-SNYDER BOOK PRIZE 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 analyses their 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 also worked as Assistant Professor of Sociology at Qatar University.


1HBS Sudan, 2AB English, 3JJPL c 1970 to c 1980, JFSJ1 Gender studies: women

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