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Saviors and Survivors : Darfur, Politics, and the War on Terror (Paperback)

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"Mahmood Mamdani ... is one of the most penetrating analysts of African affairs. In Saviors and Survivors: Darfur, Politics, and the War on Terror, he has written a learned book that reintroduces history into the discussion of the Darfur crisis and questions the logic and even the good faith of those who seek to place it at the pinnacle of Africa's recent troubles."---Howard W. French, New York Times

"Mahmood Mamdani... demonstrates just how politically charged the word `genocide' has become and how many shady agendas it can serve, even among those purporting to act in the name of universal values. ... His extensively documented study of the political and media circus that came to surround the hitherto uncelebrated province of Darfur is a vivid demonstration of the predictably calamitous results of outsiders meddling in places whose history, politics, and culture they can hardly be bothered to read up on."---Benjamin Moser, Harper's Magazine

In Saviors and Survivors, Mahmood Mamdani brings a unique perspective on the crisis in Darfur, providing context from the history of Sudan and examining the world's response to that crisis. He explains how the conflict in Darfur began as a civil war between nomadic and peasant tribes over fertile land; how British colonial officials had artificially tribalized Darfur, dividing its population; and how the war intensified in the 1990s when the Sudanese government tried unsuccessfully to address the problem by creating homelands for tribes without any. The involvement of opposition parties gave rise in 2003 to two rebel movements, leading to a brutal insurgency and a horrific counterinsurgency---but not to genocide, as the West has declared. Mamdani also shows how the Cold War exacerbated the twenty-year civil war in neighboring Chad, creating a confrontation between Libya's Muammar al-Qaddafi and the Reagan administration that spilled over into Darfur and militarized the fighting. By 2003, the war involved national, regional, and global forces, including the powerful Western lobby, who now saw it as part of the War on Terror.

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Publisher Three Rivers Pr
Mfg Part# 9780385525961
SKU 212753035
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0385525966
Release Date 5/25/2010
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Number of Pages 0398
Publisher Doubleday Religion
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