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Book Review: Saviors and Survivors…Darfur, Politics and the War on Terror

March 30, 2009

Howard French at the New York Times has a review of Mahmood Mamdani’s new book Savior and Survivors…Darfur, Politics and the War on Terror. Mr. Mamdani, a respected scholar and author, takes a contrarian view of the typical Western judgment about where the fault lies in the ongoing killing and destruction in the Sudan

Mahmood Mamdani, a Ugandan-born scholar at Columbia University and the author of “When Victims Become Killers: Colonialism, Nativism, and Genocide in Rwanda,” is one of the most penetrating analysts of African affairs. In “Saviors and Survivors: Darfur, Politics, and the War on Terror,” he has written a learned book that reintroduces history into the discussion of the Darfur crisis and questions the logic and even the good faith of those who seek to place it at the pinnacle of Africa’s recent troubles. It is a brief, he writes, “against those who substitute moral certainty for knowledge, and who feel virtuous even when acting on the basis of total ignorance.”

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  1. Renaldo permalink
    March 30, 2009 1:01 pm

    There is lots of good work on politics and culture and colonialism. George Steinmetz.

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