New study on present-day animism in Sudan

New study on present-day animism in Sudan van Sidestone Press

Door: Sidestone Press  20-05-2011
Trefwoorden: Boeken, Boek, Islam

Animism of the Nilotics and Discourses of Islamic Fundamentalism in Sudanis an analysis of the complex interaction of Animist, Christian and Islamic beliefs among the traditional Nilotic peoples of southern Sudan. In his book, Kuel Jok provides a comprehensive analysis of Animism as a religion and the culture of the Nilotic peoples of the Upper River Nile in modern South Sudan. It gives an account of how the Animistic ritual performances of the divine chief-priests are strategies in conflict management and conflict resolution. For centuries, Nilotic peoples have been resisting changes to new religious identities and conservatively remained Animists. Their current interactions with the external world, however, have transformed their religious identities.


At present, the Nilotics are Animist-Christians or Animist-Muslims. This does not mean that the converted Nilotics relinquish Animism and become completely assimilated by new religious prophetic dogmas, instead, they develop compatible practices of Animism, Christianity and Islam. New Islamic fundamentalism in Sudan which is sweeping Africa into Islamic religious orthodoxy, where Sharia (Islamic law) is the law of the land, rejects this compatibility and categorises the Nilotics as ‘heathens’ and ‘apostates’. Such characterisation engenders opposing religous categories, with one side urging Sharia and the other for what this study calls “gradeable” culture.


Kuel Jok is a researcher at the Department of World Cultures, University of Helsinki. In Sudan, Jok has obtained a degree in English Linguistics and Literature, and diplomas in Philosophy and Translation. He also studied International Law in Egypt. In Europe Jok acquired an MA Sociology from the University of Joensuu, Finland and a PhD in the same field from the University of Helsinki, Finland.





Animism of the Nilotics and Discourses of Islamic Fundamentalism in Sudan


Author: Kuel Maluil Jok

Category: anthropology, religion, Sudan, Animism, Christianity, Islam
ISBN: 978-90-8890-054-9

Language: English
Form: Paperback
No. pages: 124
Price: € 29,95 (Incl. VAT, excl. shipping)


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Trefwoorden: Academisch, Anthropologie, Boek, Boeken, Islam,

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