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Ordering Africa: Anthropology, European Imperialism and the Politics of Knowledge

When I was an undergraduate at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in the early 1980s, the School had a motto: knowledge is power. Students of a radical inclination would denounce this explicit evocation of the School's imperial origins, and evidently the criticism took its toll. A diligent search of the SOAS websiteContinue reading “Ordering Africa: Anthropology, European Imperialism and the Politics of Knowledge”

A History of the Sudan from the Coming of Islam to the Present Day

First published in 1961, Holt’s Modern History of the Sudan deservedly established itself as the standard introduction to the subject. Holt revised the work in 1963; since 1979 he has collaborated with Martin Daly on further – slightly retitled – editions, of which this is the most recent. The collected prefatory notes of these variousContinue reading “A History of the Sudan from the Coming of Islam to the Present Day”