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Module

HIS2239 : Colonialism and Post-Colonialism in Egypt and Sudan

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Willow Berridge
  • Owning School: History, Classics and Archaeology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

This module seeks to explore the impact of British colonialism on Egyptian and Sudanese society in the period from 1882 to the mid twentieth century, as well as the efforts of nationalists, socialists, Islamists, regionalists and secessionists within the post-colonial Sudanese nation state to confront the colonial legacy. There will be a strong comparative theme throughout and students will be encouraged to contrast to two nations’ experiences of colonial subjection and post-colonial statehood. It is assessed primarily through coursework (one source commentary and an essay).

The aims of the module are:
-       To enable students to critically approach debates about colonialism, Eurocentrism and Islamism.
-       To convey a broad understanding of a complex range of cultural, political, and socio-economic transformations within Egypt and Sudan from 1882 to the present.
-       Raising awareness of the methodological challenges that arise using primary source accounts provided by Western colonial Europeans to study non-Western societies.

Outline Of Syllabus

1.Introduction and Prelude
2.The Occupation of Egypt
3.The Sudanese Mahdi and the Anglo-Egyptian Reconquest
4.Anti-Slavery Crusades and the Transition to a Colonial Economy
5.Orientalism, Race and Colonialism
6.Religion and Education in Egypt and Colonial Sudan
7.Gendered Colonialism
8.Law, Order and the Colonial State
9.Nationalism and Revolution in Egypt and Sudan, 1919-1924
10.Britain’s ‘Southern Policy’ + ‘Closed Districts’: the Origins of Southern Sudanese Secession
11.World War II and Nationalism in Egypt and Sudan
12.Military Socialism: Nasser, Suez and the Free Officers in Egypt
13.Democracy and authoritarianism: the military – parliamentary cycle in Sudanese politics, 1956-1989
14.The rise of Islamism in Egypt and Sudan
15.Uncivil war in Sudan: the South from 1955 to secession
16.Authoritarian Regimes in Egypt and Sudan, 1981-present
17.Women’s Struggles in Post-Colonial Egypt and Sudan
18.Universities, Prisons and Law-Courts: The Institutions of the Postcolony

Teaching Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

Assessment Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

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