Rawan Eisa


I studied a joint honors in English Literature and History at Undergraduate level where I conducted a comparative study of Tayeb Salih’s Season of Migration to the North and Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness, where I explored the intersections of race, gender, religion and cultural difference between both novels. My Master’s thesis focused upon the attitudes and perceptions Western colonial powers had towards West African Muslims during the establishment of the Sokoto Caliphate, and its engagement with the Trans-Atlantic and Trans-Saharan slave trade. 

Twitter: @RawanEisaa.


  • Special Collections Intern 2018/2019 
  • Peepal Tree Press Archive Intern 2019/2020

Other work

Research interests

My PhD thesis will seek to understand the process in which the slave trade in modern-day Sudan was abolished from the early nineteenth century to the fin de siècle, with a particular focus on the impact of religious fundamentalism upon the slave trade within the Sudan and the social and economic, and state transformations that occured as a result of Islamic influence. Current scholarship focuses almost entirely upon the Mahdiyya period and the colonisation of the Sudan by the British, 1890s–1953. In trying to address the gap between 1814–1885, I will examine how the process of abolition unfolded within the Sudan and the impact this has had upon Sudanese conciousness with regard to slavery practices within the region. 


  • English Literature and History (BA)
  • Race and Resistance (MA)