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The ancient history of Sudanese perfumes

South African-based Sophia Shuttleworth has written a well-researched and fascinating article about Sudanese perfumes on her African Aromatics website. Sophia, who describes herself as a artisan perfumer, starts out this way: "On Sunday 9 July 2011, South Sudan seceded from Sudan and became the world’s youngest country. The conflict in Sudan has been well documented,… Continue reading The ancient history of Sudanese perfumes

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In the Nuba Mountains of central Sudan

Reflections as South Sudan votes 99 per cent for independence Feb.8, 2011 By Alison Bate As we headed toward Dilling, white egrets wandered in and out of scrub bushes and stubby trees. It was the rainy season and the desert land was transformed into an endless series of golf courses, with fresh green grass broken… Continue reading In the Nuba Mountains of central Sudan

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Where to buy Bint el Sudan in North America

I've had various emails from folks asking where they can buy Bint el Sudan in Canada or the U.S. As far as I know, it's not produced here, but I've met a very nice Sudanese lady, Lubna Ali, who sells Sudanese products, including Bint el Sudan, here in Vancouver, Canada. I have no commercial stake… Continue reading Where to buy Bint el Sudan in North America

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36 bottles of Bint el Sudan

By Alison Bate A well-worn package arrived today from northern Nigeria. The Fedex package looked lumpy, heavily inspected, with yellow and blue stickers and tape splashed with orange type declaring "Inspected by Canada Customs". The sender: W.J. Bush & Co. of Kano, Nigeria. The original company of W.J.Bush & Co. may no longer exist in… Continue reading 36 bottles of Bint el Sudan

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Memories of Bint el Sudan

By Alison Bate My article about the perfume Bint el Sudan and my grandfather was published in Reader's Digest Canada in December 2009. However, there wasn't room to include all the stories I collected about the perfume. Here are some of them, including those from perfumers who used to work at the U.K. company of Bush… Continue reading Memories of Bint el Sudan

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Bint el Sudan, my grandfather. . .and me

On a trip that took me to Africa, I found my grandfather’s lasting legacy—the continent’s signature scent—in a market in Sudan. This story "The Bint Formula" was published in the December 2009 issue of Reader's Digest Canada magazine. For more information about Bint el Sudan, see the following: * Surprise in the Souk * Memories… Continue reading Bint el Sudan, my grandfather. . .and me

Camel driver in Mygoma, a suburb of Khartoum, Sudan
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Teaching in the Muslim World

My story about teaching in Khartoum, Sudan was published by Transitions Abroad. Here's the full story: By Alison Bate Shortly after I arrived in Sudan, one of my favorite male students quietly passed me a handwritten note, whispering that I should read it later. After class, I read a charming explanation that because he was… Continue reading Teaching in the Muslim World