"This interesting study presents a nicely textured picture of the Sudanese diaspora in the United States and Canada, surveying the reasons people left home, their economic and social coping strategies, their reluctance to assimilate non-Sudanese lifestyles, and their attitudes regarding religion, traditional customs, women's status, and politics at home."—Foreign Affairs, November/December 2002.
"Abusharaf discusses the variety of Sudanese migrants who came to North America in the 20th century. . . . Wanderings is valuable in demonstrating recent immigrant attitudes toward a new environment."—Choice, September 2003
"Wanderings is a sensitive portrayal of the diverse Sudanese community in North America. It is also highly readable, partly because the author allows immigrants to speak for themselves by frequently including excerpts from conversations and interviews. The details of this book are Sudanese, but the core immigrant experience it examines—of struggling to make a new home while trying to preserve links to an old one—has universal resonance and appeal."—Heather J. Sharkey, International Journal of African Historical Studies 36:1, 2003
"Wanderings is highly readable and an appropriate mix of theory and personal narratives. Rogaia Mustafa Abusharaf makes good use of the data, and employs a methodology that reveals and clarifies rather than mystifies."—Sondra Hale, University of California Los Angeles
"This rare anthropological investigation of Sudanese migration to the New World is a valuable contribution to the study of transnational migration. Informed by global political economic developments, Rogaia Mustafa Abusharaf's analysis of the complexities of social identity provides a challenging alternative to the classic conception of community as a territorially based entity. This meticulously researched and well-written book holds promise of broad appeal among both specialists and non-specialists concerned with contemporary developments in African/Arab societies, as well as issues of race and ethnicity in the U.S."—Soheir A. Morsy, Independent Scholar and International Consultant