Civil Uprisings in Modern Sudan: The 'Khartoum Springs' of 1964 and 1985

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Bloomsbury Publishing, 2015 M01 29 - 304 pages
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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 political history.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 The October Revolution and its Causes
13
Nimeiris SelfDestruction?
39
The Political Parties in 1964 and 1985
65
Students Professionals and Labour Unions in 1964 and 1985
95
Protectors of the People?
119
A Missed Opportunity?
149
7 The 19856 Transitional Period and the Tenacity of Political Islam
175
The Salvation Revolution of June 1989
197
Conclusion
215
Notes
221
Bibliography
269
Index
279
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W. J. Berridge is Lecturer in Global History at the University of Northampton, UK.

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