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Culture and Customs of Sudan (Culture and Customs of Africa)by Kwame Essien
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Amid a Sudan's dark history, saturated with conflicts and tragic current events, lies a culture with deep roots, going back as far as 8000 BC. With several hundred ethnic groups and languages, Sudan is one of the world's most diverse countries. Learn how these cultures have blended and collided throughout the centuries, and examine how traditions and customs are kept alive today. Religious beliefs, social customs, arts, literature, and cuisine are among the topics discussed in this volume, which is ideal for high school and undergraduate students.
Chapters include coverage on historical background, religions and worldviews, literature and media, art and architecture, cuisine and traditional dress, gender roles, marriage, and family, social customs, and music and dance.
A timeline of key events and bibliographical essay including print and nonprint sources supplement the work.
Book News Annotation:
In the midst of controversies surrounding the Northern African country, Essien (African studies) and Falola (history, both U. of Texas-Austin) survey the African, Nubian, and Arabic cultures that live sometimes in more and sometimes in less harmony. They discuss religion and worldviews, art and architecture, cuisine and traditional dress, social customs and lifestyle, music and dance, and other aspects of life. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
About the Author
KWAME ESSIEN studies African social and cultural issues in the context of the African Diaspora. With a Master's degree in African Studies from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Essien is the recipient of the Patrice Lumumba Fellowship and a Ph.D. student at the University of Texas at Austin.TOYIN FALOLA is Frances Higginbotham Nalle Centennial Professor in History at the University of Texas, Austin, and a prolific editor and author. Some of his books include Culture and Customs of Nigeria (Greenwood, 2000) and Key Events in African History (Greenwood 2002).
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