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Restorative justice Sudanese style: How African spirituality impacts notions of right and wrong.

Booker, Teresa A.
June 4, 2015

Source: (2010) The Journal of Pan African Studies. 3(5): 78-92.

Religion was a source of tension in Sudan long before the British colonized it. While Islam and
Christianity receive the most attention when it comes to the coverage of religious issues in the
country, there are, indeed, many indigenous religions observed by the Sudanese. Also, there are
hybrid variations of Islam and Christianity, as well. For most Sudanese religion permeates all
aspects of life.
This paper discusses how various Sudanese ethnic groups’ notions of right and wrong result from
their religious beliefs. Using examples from the indigenous religions of the Nuer, Shilluk, Atout,
and Dinka, this article seeks to elaborate on belief in God, the concept of justice and, where
possible, how victims and offenders should be treated. (Author’s abstract).


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