In the wake of the protests that toppled regimes across the Middle
East in 2011, Sudanese activists and writers have proudly cited
their very own `Arab Springs' of 1964 and 1985, which overthrew the
country's first two military regimes, as evidence of their role as
political pioneers in the region. Whilst some of these claims may
be exaggerated, Sudan was indeed unique in the region at the time
in that it witnessed not one but two popular uprisings which
successfully uprooted military authoritarianisms. Civil Uprisings
in Modern Sudan provides the first scholarly book-length history of
the 1964 and 1985 uprisings. It explores the uprisings themselves,
their legacy and the contemporary relevance they hold in the
context of the current political climate of the Middle East. The
book also contends that the sort of politics espoused by various
kinds of Islamist during the uprisings can be interpreted as a form
of early `post-Islamism', in which Islamist political agendas were
seen to be compatible with liberalism and democracy. Using
interviews, Arabic language sources and a wealth of archival
material, this book is an important and original study that is of
great significance for scholars of African and Middle Eastern
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||A Modern History of Politics and Violence
W. J. Berridge
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