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Living with ColonialismNationalism and Culture in the Anglo-Egyptian Sudan$
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Heather Sharkey

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780520235588

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520235588.001.0001

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Being “Black,” Being “Sudanese”

Being “Black,” Being “Sudanese”

Colonial Education, Privilege, and National Identity

(p.16) 2 Being “Black,” Being “Sudanese”
Living with Colonialism
University of California Press

In many places in Africa and Asia where European imperialist forced borders and named the regions within them, early nationalists modified territorial labels to suit their potential identities. The early nationalists of India came to regard themselves as “Indians,” just as how in Nigeria, they call themselves as “Nigerians.” Some nationalist leaders chose names for nations to signal their brand new starts. In the Anglo-Egyptian Sudan, the story of naming the nation is dramatic. The term sudani, or “Sudanese,” evolved into a badge of national pride because earlier, it was only applied to the slaves. This redefinition involved assigning common values and a fine historical pedigree to the people in the landscape.

Keywords:   nation, identity, name, Sudanese, Anglo-Egyptian Sudan

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