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Fire and Sword in the Sudan: A Personal Narrative of Fighting and Serving the Dervishes, 1879-1895 Hardcover – March, 1991

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 434 pages
  • Publisher: Greenhill Pr (March 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1853670820
  • ISBN-13: 978-1853670824
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 1.6 x 5.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,060,201 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By James Fasnacht on March 3, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I read this book several years ago. This is the best book on the rise of ansar/dervish in the Sudan. Rudolph Slatin was an officer in the Austro-Hungarian army that went to serve (ala mercenary capacity) in the Egyptian army. He served in the Sudan at the initial stages of the Mahdi's uprising. Witnessed the slaughter of the Rizighat tribe and was at the 1885 fall of Khartoum. He saw the inside of the Mahdi's terrorist state. His experiences are very telling in light of recent Islamo-fascist activities.
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Captive for many years by the savage Mahdi fanatics, Slatin lived through the false conversion to Islam and surrendered his defeated Egyptian military forces to the Mahdi's just prior to the slaughter of Gordon at Khartoom on the Nile. Escaping after years of brutal treatment, the story of Slatin's escaping the death arm of his captors is thrilling.
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While I was happy to have access to this work on my kindle, I found that its format and the number of typographical errors was distracting.
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Although it's a good history reflection of Mahdist rulers, the author being extreme in describing the different Sudan tribes traditions and in many occasions judging tribes traditions from one angle or simple impression made by individual.
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