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13 Such official discourses provide particular constructions of the national past, which work to produce a consensus about the past and to ratify the rule of existing regimes. 14 Such hegemonic discourses often appropriate certain local traditions and reinvent them as natural, while dismissing other traditions that pose too great a threat to the reproduction of the existing sociopolitical order. 15 The meta-narrative in the Sudan is a selective representation of the past that has been an integral part of the ideology of the dominant ruling elites.
There was no common ethic foundation to assist the administrator to an understanding of his people. Further, in the north, sharia law governed personal behaviour . . the people were used to a body of law. 39 The British aim in occupying the south was to control the Nile Valley, but the problem that faced the colonial state after colonizing the south was how to rule the people of the South Sudan. The early objective of the colonial rule was to continue the centralizing policies of the Turko-Egyptian and Mahdist regimes.
26 At the ideological level, the slaving area was constructed by those involved in the slave trade in terms of Islamic versus nonIslamic, Arab versus non-Arab descent, brown versus black color, 32 / conflict and politics of identity in sudan with each racial category giving meaning and representation to its opposite. 27 Consequently, the importance of race in the Sudan is linked with the construction of Arab origin. Thus, with the creation of these categories during the process of state formation, the people of the Southern Sudan, the Nuba Mountains, and the Upper Blue Nile became prey for northern Muslim slave traders.
Conflict and Politics of Identity in Sudan by Amir H. Idris (auth.)