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Title:The Role of the Sedentary Population in Rufa'a al-Hoj Politics
Authors:Ahmad, Muhammad
Ghaffar, Abdel
Periodical:Sudan Notes and Records
Geographic term:Sudan
political change
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Politics and Government
Abstract:Within the Arab nomadic tribes of the Sudan political authority belonged to certain families basing their political organisation on unilinear principles. Since the re-occupation of the Sudan by the Anglo-Egyptian forces in 1898 these unilineal principles underwent certain modifications. Before the government was able to dominate and extend its administration and organisation to the distant tribal areas the ruling families in almost all cases succeeded to keep power in their own hands. After the government had established law and order the authority of the ruling families changed as more emphasis was laid on diverse political alliances, instead of on the agnatic segmentary structure. Moreover, a sedentary population of mixed origin came under the same administration as the Rufa'a al-Hoj nomads. The political events in the Rufa'a al-Hoj Nazirate are described with special emphasis on the role of the sedentary people in changing Rufa'a al-Hoj politics. Notes.