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Title:The politics of language, culture, religion and race in the Sudan
Author:Nyombe, B.G.V.ISNI
Periodical:Frankfurter afrikanistische Blätter
Geographic term:Sudan
Subjects:language policy
Abstract:The Sudanese government's policy of Sudanization, a euphemism for Arabization, is a conscious and comprehensive assault on the traditional values, social organization and cultures of the South by the North through the use of language and religion. The arena where Sudanization is played out with deadly effect is education. The present author examines the issues of language, culture, religion and race in the Sudan with special emphasis on education and its impact on the South. A brief historical background of the Sudan from the time of the Turko-Egyptian conquest is followed by a discussion of British colonial language policy, especially as it related to the South, the change in language policy culminating in 1949 in the passing of a bill whereby Arabic became the official language of the Sudan, the effects of Arabic education in the South, attempts at vernacularization and the constitutional controversy that resulted after the end of the first war between the North and the South in 1972 over the reintroduction of the local languages and the revival of English in the educational system of southern Sudan. Bibliogr., notes, ref.