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Dr. Madibbo edits the first Canadian book about Sudan

Canada in Sudan, Sudan in Canada: Immigration, Conflict, and Reconstruction, which is edited by Dr. Amal Madibbo, is the first Canadian book about Sudan that is based on field work.

Canada in Sudan, Sudan in Canada: Immigration, Conflict, and Reconstruction, which is edited by Dr. Amal Madibbo, is the first Canadian book about Sudan that is based on field work.

The book showcases research conducted by fourteen Canadian and Sudanese-born Canadian researchers in Canada and Sudan between 2003 and 2011. The book is published by McGill-Queens University Press and explores salient and timely issues faced by both countries.

The Sudanese immigration to Canada and the transnational ties between the two countries are illuminated in the context of various case studies. Tensions, both social and political, are discussed through the recent secession of South Sudan, the Darfur conflict, and the rise of Islamic fundamentalism. The authors also broach the reconstruction efforts in education and health initiatives, transnationalism from below, and Canada’s role in conflict resolution in Sudan.

Using qualitative and quantitative research methods that include interviews, surveys, participant observations, discourse analyses, and document analyses, researchers from a wide range of disciplinary approaches - sociology, anthropology, political science, social work, and health studies - reveal important conceptual and empirical perspectives about the processes of inclusion and exclusion.

At a time when the Sudanese diaspora in Canada is growing and the conflict in Sudan has become a preoccupation of the international community, Canada in Sudan, Sudan in Canada reveals the root causes of conflict in Sudan and identifies measures to foster peace, stability, and development.

Contributors include Susan McGrath (York University); Shelley Ross (University of Alberta); Dalal Daoud (Queens University); Amal Madibbo & Rod Crutcher (University of Calgary); John Clayton (Samaritan’s Purse Canada in Calgary); and Daniel Madit Thon Duop (IMA World Health). This book was just recently nominated for the Canadian Studies Network's 2015 Best Book in Canadian Studies Prize (results will be announced in November).