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Paul Foley


									               CURRICULUM VITAE
                      (Updated March 2011)

Personal Information:
Name: Abdullahi Osman El-Tom
Date and Place of Birth:01-01-1954, El Fasher, Sudan.
Nationality: Irish/Sudanese.
Languages: Arabic, English, some Irish and some German.

Educational Qualifications:
1983 Ph.D. Social Anthropology, University of St.
Andrews. UK. Thesis: Religious men and literacy in Berti
1980 M.A. Social Anthropology, Queen's University of
Belfast.UK. Thesis: Conceptualization, aetiology and
treatment of illness among the Berti people of northern
1978 B.Sc. Hon. in Sociology and Social Anthropology,
University of Khartoum, Sudan.

Employment History:
2007-Date Head of Department of Anthropology, NUIM.

2003/2004:   Acting    Head   of   Department   of   Anthropology,

2001/2002:   Acting    Head   of   Department   of   Anthropology,

1999-Date: Senior Lecturer, Department of Anthropology.
NUIM, Maynooth.

1990-1999: Lecturer, Department of Anthropology.                 St.
Patrick's College (later NUIM), Maynooth.

1998/1999:   Visiting   Professor,     University     of   Bayreuth.

1996:   Visiting      Professor,     University      of    Bayreuth,

1990-1991:Visiting Professor, Department of Anthropology,
St. Patrick's College, Maynooth, National University of
1989-1991: Associate Professor of Social Anthropology,
Department of Rural Development.   Faculty of Economics
and Rural Development (FERD).    University of Gezira,

1986-1987- Acting Dean, Faculty of Economics and Rural
Development. University of Gezira. Wad Medani, Sudan.

1987- Deputy Head and Head of Research Unit of
Traditional Medicine Research Institute (TMRI), Khartoum.

1987-1988: Fulbright Visiting Researcher at Case Western
Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, USA and Visiting
lecturer, St. Patrick's College, Maynooth.

1983-1991:Lecturer    in   the    Department    of      Rural
Development, FERD, University of Gezira.

Previous Administrative Experience:
1995/1996: Acting Head, Department of Anthropology,
National University of Ireland, Maynooth. Ireland.

1988-1990,   1984-1987:vHead  of   Department      of   Rural
Development, University of Gezira.

1989-1990: Coordinator of Socioeconomic Research, TMRI.

1986-1987:vActing Dean of Faculty of Economics and Rural
Development, University of Gezira.

1989-1990, 1983-1985:Staff Research Coordinator, FERD.

1989:Deputy Director of Traditional     Medicine     Research
Institute (TMRI), Khartoum.

Other professional duties:
- Member of Executive Board of EASA (Elected January
- Served as Board Member of Irish Council of Immigrants
- Served Member of the Advisory Board for Irish Aid
- Member of the JEM’s Negotiating Team at the Inter-
Sudanese Peace Talks on Darfur (Rounds 3rd,4th, 5th, 6th
October 2004-Ocotaber 2005).
- Head of Strategic Planning and Training of the Justice
and Equality Movement of Darfur
- President of Darfur Solidarity, Ireland Till 2010.
- Member of the Board of Irish Council of Immigrants
- Served as Chairperson, Association of Anthropology
-Member of the Governing Authority of the National
University of Ireland, Maynooth (1997-2002).

-1997-Date: Member of the Editorial Board of Anthropology
and Medicine. UK.
-1999-Date Review Panel Member of The Reviewer (an
Internet Organization).
-Chairperson of the African Cultural Project.      Dublin

-Chief Editor of the Irish Journal of Anthropology (IJA).
Ireland (1999-1998).

- External Examiner to 1994/1995-2000:
a) B.A, Anthropology, LSB. Dublin
b) B.A. Degree in Theology and Anthropology, Institute of
Theological and Missionary Formation.     Kimmage Manor,


1.1. Darfur, JEM and the Khalil Ibrahim Story. Arabic translation of above.
Dar Merit, Cairo, Egypt (Forthcoming)

1.2. Darfur, JEM and the Khalil Ibrahim Story. The Red Sea Press, Trenton,
USA. 2011 (353 Pages).

1.3. Growing up in Darfur, Sudan.                    Sudanese     Studies
     Centre. Cairo. 2007 (230 pages).

1.4 Globalization: A critical study. Dar El-Warraq, London. 1999. Joint with
A. M. Adam (222 Pages; in Arabic)

1.5. Proverbs of western and central Sudan. Joint with A. M. Adam.
Sudanese Studies Centre. Cairo. 2002, (230 Pages).

1.6. Translation of: The Black Book of Sudan. Published by JEM, Edinburgh.
   Publications, 2: Articles:
41. "Comparing sharing and Banking Milk: Issues of Gift Exchange and
Community in the Sudan and Ireland" in Giving Breast Milk, edited by Rhonda
Shaw and Alison Bartlett. Toronto: Demeter Press. 2010:110-121.

40. 40. Intoducton. In M.A. Salih (ed). Interpreting slamic Politcal Parties. Joint
with M. A. Saleh. Palgrave Mcmillan, 2009. Pp 1-27

39. The Arab congregation [Gathering] and the ideology of genocide in Darfur,
Sudan. Reprinted in: S. Hasan and C. Ray (ed.s, Darfur and the crisis of
governance in Sudan. Cornell University Press. 2009:448-468.

38. Darfur people: too black for the Arab project of Sudan. Reprinted in: S. Hasan
and C. Ray (ed.s, Darfur and the crisis of governance in Sudan. Cornell University
Press. 2009:84-102.

37. The Black Book: Imbalance of power and wealth in Sudan. Part I. Seekers of
Truth and Justice. A Review. Republished in S. Hasan and C. Ray (ed.s), Darfur
and the crisis of governance in Sudan. Cornell University Press. 2009:435448.

36. The Arab Congregation and the ideology of genocide in Darfur. Journal of
African Religious Affairs. 2009, Volume 3, No 2:27-51.
35. Breakfast. In: Eileen Casey (ed.) Flavours of Home: Celebrating 2008, the
Year of Intercultural Dialogue. 2008:81-84.

34. Darfur Movements: Vision and blueprints for action. In: Ulf Johansson Dahre
(ed.) Post-Conflict and Peace-Building in the Horn of Africa University of Lund,
Sweden 2008:253-266 (A reprint):

33. Darfur Movements: Vision and blueprints for action. Journal of African
International Affairs. 2007, Volume 3, No. 1:37-49.

32- A Mercenary author for hire. A Review Essay )Joint with Tahir Adam
Mohamed. Irish Journal of Anthropology.2005, Vol 8,1:87-97.

31- Darfur People: Too black for the Arab Islamic Project, Part 11.            Irish
Journal of Anthropology. 2006, Vol 9,1:12-18

30- Darfur people: Too black for the Arab Islamic Project. Part I. Irish Journal
of Anthropology. 2006, Vol. 9,1:5-11.

29- -Islamic- Healing. In: Encyclopedia of Islam and the Western World.
McMillan. 2004:294-296.

28- The Black Book of Sudan. In: Review of African Political Economy. 2003,
Vol 30,97:501-511 (Joint with M.A. Salih).
27- The Black Book of Sudan: Imbalance of Power and
Wealth in Sudan.      In: Journal of African National
Affairs. 2003, Vol2,3:25-35

25- The Black Book of Sudan: Imbalance       of    power    and
wealth in Sudan. In: OSSREA, 2002.

24- Islam and cultural identity among        the   Berti     of
Sudan. GeoJournal. 1998, 46:155-162.

23- Female circumcision and ethnic identification in
Sudan with reference to the Berti of Darfur. GeoJournal.
1998, 46:163170.

22- McCourt's Angela's ashes   and   the   portrait    of   the
other. IJA. 1998, 3:78-90.

21.        Self-medication in Sweireeba village: Central
Sudan.   A joint Article with Jad El-Rab M. Sharif. In:
African Anthropology. Vol. IV, 1:52-67.

20- Vowing to survive; Socio-economic changes in Burush,
Western Sudan. In: F. Ibrahim, et al (eds). Coping with
resource scarcity: Case studies from Tanzania and Sudan.
Geowissenschaftliche Arbeiten.   University of Bayreuth.
1977 Vol. 16:239-273.

19- The management of Habboba illness among the Berti of
Darfur. In CURARE. 1998, Issue 14:1-6.

18- The Bone Setter: A Case Study from Central Sudan.       In
African Anthropology. 1996. Vol 3,1:91-112.

17- Traditional practices and perinatal       health    in a
Sudanese village.    In CURARE: Special       Issue,    Early
Childhood. Germany. 1996.

16- Towards the concept of famine criminals. In Irish
Reporter. 1995, Third Quarter, 19:27-28.

15- Nutritional beliefs and practices in Umshanig,
Central Sudan. In: Anthropology Ireland. 1995, Vol.

14- The informal channels of indigenous tenants in coping
with the inefficient bureaucracy of the Gezira Scheme.
In: GeoJournal. May 1995, Vol. 36,1:79-85.

13- Mugging the poor: The Bretton Woods institutions and
the pursuit of African development. IFAA. London. March
12- Mugging the poor: IBRD/IMF and the pursuit of African
development.   In: Eastern Africa Social Science Review.
OSSREA, January 1994, Vol. X, 1:23-50. 1994 (version of
paper above).

11- Obscene economics: The World Bank continues fooling
the Third World.   In: The Irish Reporter.No. 13, First
Quarter. Pp32-33.

10- Agricultural development and starvation in the Sudan.
Occasional Paper Series No 10. Department of Sociology,
UCC. Cork 1992.

9- Lessons from the Irish ODA to the Sudan.    In:   Third
World Now, 1991/1992, 43:6-8. Dublin.

8- Traditional identification and treatment of diarrhoeal
diseases.    In P. Babulka, et al (eds.), Traditional
medicine: An international perspective. Published by the
National Institute of Health and Sanitas Foundation.
(Forthcoming, Spring 1992).

7- Water-use: a farm level study of water management in
the Gezira Scheme Sudan.     Publication No. 3.    HRL,
Medani. Sudan. A joint work with N. Osman. 1989. (see

6- Religious communal labour.       In: L. Manger (ed.)
Communal labour in the Sudan.       Occasional papers in
Social Anthropology, University of Bergen, 1988.

5- Implications of the 1983-1985 famine on the rural
transformation on the Sahel of Sudan.     In: M.A. Sahel
(ed.) Agrarian change in the Central Rainlands: Sudan. A
socioeconomic   analysis.    Scandinavian   Institute  of
African Studies. Uppsala, 1987, pp. 149-158.

5- Berti Quranic amulets.   Journal of Religion in Africa.
1987, Vol. 17,3:224-244.

4. Drinking the Koran: The meaning of Koranic verses in
Berti erasure. Africa, 1985, Vol. 55,4:414-431.

3- How we contributed to the environmental imbalance?
In:       Conference    proceedings;  Development   and
environmental imbalance in Umkeddada area; Organized by
Centre for Environmental Studies, U of K, 1985 (in
2- Berti Quranic schools.       Sudan   Notes   and   Records.
Khartoum 1982, Vol. 63:1-19.

1- Aetiology and treatment of Habboba illness among the
Berti people of northern Darfur.        Sudan Journal of
Development Research, SERC, Khartoum, 1981:37-62.

Publications,           3:     Book      Reviews         and
12- Trickster; An anthropological memoir. University of
Toronto Press,2010 (248pp). A Book Review.

11- A mercenary author for hire; David Hoile and his new
book on Darfur. Irish Journal of Anthropology.

10. World in Conflict.      Sudan: North against South.
Minneapolis:   Learner    Publications   Company.    1999.
Internet Book Review Published by (1999).

9. Political Rituals.   Asa Boholm (ed.).   Book Review in:
IJA, 1997, 2:89-90.

8. Islam, globalisation and postmodernity.   Akbar Ahmed
and Hastings Donnan (ed.s). Book review in: Anthropology
Ireland. Spring 1995, 5,1:56-57.

7. Conference Report.    Irish Ethnology: Perspectives in
Culture Theory from Anthropology, Ethnology and Folklore.
Anthropological Association of Ireland Conference.    In:
Anthropology Ireland.   Volume 4, No. 1. Spring 1944:54-

6. Plenary: On the concept of the "Third World". In: Is
Ireland a Third World country? T. Caherty etal (ed.s).
Beyond the Pale Publications. Belfast. 1992:113-115.

5. Whoredom in Kimmage: Irish women coming of age. by
Rosemary Mahoney.   Houghton Mifflin, 1993. A joint book
review with L. Throop.   In: Anthropology Ireland.  Vol.
3. No. 2. Autumn 1993. Pp55-56.

5.1.   Same as above (5) in Also in: Irish Journal of
Sociology. Vol. 4:190-191. 1994.

4. Aid - does it really matter? Towards new debate on the
quality of Irish aid to the Third World.        An Irish
Mozambique Solidarity Publication 1992.   Book review in
Third World Now....
3. Conflict and decline in pastoralism in the Horn of
Africa.   by J. Markakis (ed.).    MacMillan 1993.    Book
review in: Nomadic Peoples. Number 32:120-121 (Uppsala).

2. Land is life: land reform and sustainable agriculture.
Edited by N. Dudley, J. Madeley and S. Stolton.
Intermediate Technology Publication 1992.     Book review
published in: Nomadic Peoples. Number 32:119 (Uppsala).

1. The Dinka: tradition and modernization, by F. Deng.
Yale University Press, Book review published in: Canadian
Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, 1988.

Publications 4:Internet Political campaign
All carried at least in three websites:
Expert De Waal Continues Misleading the World on Darfur. May 19th 08, (3 pages).

1. US must regain the lead in Darfur. September 5th 06, (3p ages).

2. An Open Letter to the US President, George W. Bush. September 15th, 06 (2 pages).

3. Darfur-Darfur Dialogue, the litany of AU deceit. November 14th, (3 pages).

4. USA Administration and its JEM Phobia. April 25th, 07, (4 pages).

5. Alfashir is nearer than Kampala: JEM/NRF Commends New SPLM Stance on Darfur,

June 11th 07, (4 pages).

6. JEM Welcomes Albashir‟s Positive Move on Darfur Compensation Fund. October 5th,
07, (3 pages).

7. Breaking a Taboo: Darfur SLM Office in Israel. March 5th. 08, (4 pages).

8. Sudan‟s Defence Minister: How Racist Can He Be? March 19th 08 (3 pages).

9. Towards a Sudan without a Government Army. May 1st 08, (3 pages).

10. Sudan ‟s Defence Minster: How Racist Can He Be?
May 2nd 08, (3 pages)

11. Waging Peace: A Credible NGO? . August 3rd, 2008, (6 pages).

12. Exterminating Darfur People by Evicting their NGO Feeders. March
7th 09 (2 pages).
13. Abdul Rasoul’s Personal Vendetta against President of JEM. June
10th 09, (3 pages).

14. US Envoy Gration and his „Cookies and honey‟ Strategy for Sudan, October 26th 09,
(4 pages).

15. Khartoum‟s Minister Threatens Reprisal following January Referendum
28th September 10, (3 pages).

16. The Black Book Haunts Al Bashir‟s New Cabinet. June 28th 2010, (4 pages).

17. Transferred to Darfur: The notorious judge in the case of the flogged woman. 23rd
Dec 2010, (3 pages).

18. Towards A United North Sudan under Darfur Presidency. January 11, 2011, (3

Research Interests:
Recent research interests focus on globalization, and peace and conflicts and milk
Current funded Research:
“Psychosocial and cultural interventions to reduce alcohol consumption during

lactation.” A Cochrane fellowship for the years 2010 to 2012. Value €63,838. Joint with

Dr. Tanya Cassidy.

   - Over the years, I have organized several conference
     in Maynooth and other venues.        Last conference
     organised was EASA gathering, Summer 2010 which
     attracted 1200 delegates and over 100 workshops.
Teaching Experience:
National University of Ireland, Maynooth:

Courses taught (1990-Date)
-Social Anthropology
- Anthropological Research
- Anthropology and Development
-Practising Anthropology
-political Anthropology
-Medical Anthropology.
-Ethnography of Africa
-Food and culture
- Africa, culture and ethnography
- Peace and violence

University of Gezira, Department of Rural Development,
Introductory through Honours level undergraduate and
post-graduate courses which include the following:
-Social Anthropology,
-Peasant Studies,
-Rural Sociology;
-Methods of Social Research;
-Sociology of Development and Underdevelopment;
-Issues in Development and Underdevelopment;
-Rural Development Planning;
-Peasant Economy;
-Sudanese Social Studies;
-Advanced Theories and Methods of Social Research; and
-Socio-economic Aspects of Famine.

Community Service Activities:
1989- A weekly series of discussion programmes on Radio
Medani entitled Changing customs of the Sudanese people
(11 series).

1985-1989- Occasional panel member on television health
forums, Sudan.

1990-Date:   Numerous TV and Radio appearances. Ireland.

2003-2011- Interviews on numerous Radio        programmes-
Egypt, USA, France, Slovenia and others.

Work phone: 353-1-7083668
Fax: 353-1-708-3570

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