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The power of non-violence: Silmiya & the Sudanese Revolution

Awad, Reem (2022) The power of non-violence: Silmiya & the Sudanese Revolution. Conflict, Security and Development, 22 (1). 1 - 21. ISSN 1467-8802

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Identification Number: 10.1080/14678802.2022.2034368


This research explores the 2018 revolution in Sudan to assess the extent to which the adoption of non-violence led to a more successful revolution and set Sudan on a path of democratic governance. It investigates the revolution’s main slogan, Silmiya, coming from the Arabic word Salam meaning ‘peace’. Thus, the nature and function of non-violence as well as what motivates people to resort to non-violence will be considered. The research acts as a point of departure from Fanon’s theory of violence arguing that violence is revolutionary and liberating. Ultimately, the research challenges normative frameworks on the necessity of violence for social movements to succeed as Fanon theorises, sheds light on the power of non-violence, and highlights the importance of re-examining characteristics historically associated with non-violence, such as passivity or weakness.

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Divisions: International Development
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DT Africa
J Political Science > JQ Political institutions Asia
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Date Deposited: 30 Mar 2022 15:15
Last Modified: 05 Jul 2024 18:36

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