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Culture of Sudan

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Livestock trade at Al Nnuhoud Livestock Market, North Kordofan. Photo Salahaldeen Nadir/World Bank

Sudan is characterized by diversity. Many families, clans and tribes claim genealogies that can be traced back generations to Arab origins. Yet the complexity of ethnicities indicates genetic and cultural intermingling that goes back much further.

Islam is an integral part of Sudan’s social fabric and media landscape as well as a politically mobilizing and polarizing force. However, other socio-economic and cultural factors play various interlinked roles in shaping the country.

Rural communities are characterized by traditional tribal and ethnic social structures and subcultures. Modern large-scale agricultural projects, such as the Gezira irrigation scheme, attract labourers from all over the country, forming a sort of national melting pot, especially in and around the capital Khartoum.

Further Reading

The issue of national identity in Sudan has become an entrenched part of the debate around politics, war and peace, unity and disintegration. Acknowledging the cultural and ethnic diversity of the country and recognising and respe...
One of the most important developments in Sudanese poetry in the last three decades has been the widespread use of colloquial poetry at the expense of poetry written in classical Arabic. Notable pro-ponents of this style, notably ...
In recent years, other entities interested in making and watching films have emerged, notably the Youth Cinema, the Film Industry Chamber and an initiative to teach filmmaking to children. In 2002, a number of film festivals were ...

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