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Title:The Western Bahr al-Ghazal under British rule, 1898-1956
Author:Sikainga, Ahmad AlawadISNI
Series:Monographs in international studies, Africa series
City of publisher:Athens, Ohio
Publisher:Ohio University Center for International Studies
Geographic terms:Sudan
Great Britain
colonial administration
Abstract:This study examines the nature of contacts between the inhabitants of the middle Nile valley and their southern neighbours in northern Equatorial Africa and the transformation of their relationship under European colonial rule. Specifically, the enquiry focuses on the policies of the British colonial administration (1898-1956) in the western Bahr al-Ghazal in the southwestern corner of Sudan. Western Bahr al-Ghazal can be regarded as a historical barometer, registering major developments in the history of the Nile valley. In the nineteenth century the region became one of the most active slave-exporting zones in Africa. The area is distinguished from the rest of the southern Sudan by its veneer of Muslim influence and an Arabic pidgin. British officials regarded it as a Muslim enclave and in the twentieth century, western Bahr al-Ghazal became a laboratory in which the British colonial administration applied one of its most controversial policies in the Sudan, the so-called Southern Policy, which aimed at separating the South from the (Muslim) North and granting it administrative autonomy.