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Title:The Tunjur: A Central Sudanic Mystery
Author:O'Fahey, Rex S.
Periodical:Sudan Notes and Records
Geographic terms:Sudan
Tundjur polity
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
History and Exploration
Abstract:Among a number of the peoples of the Central and Eastern Sudanic Belt (that is, from Lake Chad to the Nile) are preserved traditions of a great empire established and ruled over by the Tunjur which was both the forerunner and, indirectly, the progenitor of the Dar Fur and Wada'i. Sultanates. In both north-eastern Chad and in Dar Fur Province in the Sudan Republic there are a number of sites, several large and spectacular, associated with the Tunjur. However, there are no explicit contemporary references to this Tunjur empire. The main conclusion of this article: the downfall of the Tunjur in Wada'i appears to fit a common Sudanic pattern of the overthrow of a semi-pagan dynasty by a Muslim reformer, while their supersession in Dar Fur remains enshrouded in dynastic subterfuge, but their origins and the nature of their hegemony are still a mystery. Notes, ref.