Tolerance, Democracy, and Sufis in Senegal
This collection critically examines "tolerance," "secularism," and respect for religious "diversity" within a social and political system dominated by Sufi brotherhoods. Through a detailed analysis of Senegal's political economy, essays trace the More...
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This collection critically examines "tolerance," "secularism," and respect for religious "diversity" within a social and political system dominated by Sufi brotherhoods. Through a detailed analysis of Senegal's political economy, essays trace the genealogy and dynamic exchange among these concepts while investigating public spaces and political processes and their reciprocal engagement with the state, Sunni reformist and radical groups, and non-religious organizations. Through a rich and nuanced historical ethnography of the formation of Senegalese democracy, this anthology illuminates the complex trajectory of the Senegalese state and its reflection of similar postcolonial societies. Offering rare perspectives on the country's "successes" since liberation, this collection identifies the role of religion, gender, culture, ethnicity, globalization, politics, and migration in the reconfiguration of the state and society, and it makes an important contribution to democratization theory, Islamic studies, and African studies. Scholars of comparative politics and religious studies will also appreciate the volume's treatment of Senegal as both an exceptional and universal example of postcolonial development.
|Introduction: The Public Role of the "Good Islam": Sufi Islam and the Administration of Pluralism|
|A Secular Age and the World of Islam|
|Islam's New Visibility and the Secular Public in Senegal|
|Dakar's Sunnite Women: The Dialectic of Submission and Defiance in a Globalizing City|
|Sovereign Islam in a Secular State: Hidden Knowledge and Sufi Governance Among "Taalibe Baay"|
|The Senegalese "Social Contract" Revisited: The Muridiyya Muslim Order and State Politics in Postcolonial Senegal|
|Religious and Cultural Pluralism in Senegal: Accommodation Through "Proportional Equidistance"?|
|Islam, the "Originaires," and the Making of Public Space in a Colonial City: Saint-Louis of Senegal|
|Stateness, Democracy, and Respect: Senegal in Comparative Perspective|
|Negotiating Islam in the Era of Democracy: Senegal in Comparative Regional Perspective|