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Radwa Ashour, Ferial Ghazoul, and Hasna Reda-Mekdashi

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9789774161469

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774161469.001.0001

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(p.162) 4 Sudan
Arab Women Writers

Radwa Ashour

Ferial J. Ghazoul

Hasna Reda-Mekdashi

American University in Cairo Press

Sudanese literature, written by both men and women, is generally in short supply due to the conditions of Sudan's historical development. The country is economically underdeveloped despite its enormous resources, which are either unexploited or wasted, and with sporadic exceptions, it has also been involved in the quagmire of civil war since the 1950s because of an underlying identity conflict. Women's political influence in Sudan has been remarkable, and they obtained their electoral rights relatively early compared to other African and Arab nations. Sudan is currently experiencing an economic and political crisis, at the time of writing, and an acute identity conflict, torn between Arabism and Africanism. This has ramifications for writing in general, but women seem to be most keenly affected by the conflict and crisis.

Keywords:   Sudan, Sudanese literature, women, political influence, electoral rights

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