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Faithful to SecularismThe Religious Politics of Democracy in Ireland, Senegal, and the Philippines$
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David T. Buckley

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780231180061

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231180061.001.0001

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Secular Emergence in Senegal

Secular Emergence in Senegal

Laïcité in Translation

(p.84) 4. Secular Emergence in Senegal
Faithful to Secularism

David T. Buckley

Columbia University Press

How did Senegal arrive at the twin tolerations after independence from French colonial rule? This chapter the existence of benevolent secularism in Senegal’s post-World War II founding documents, and traces its impact on Senegal’s Muslim majority, Catholic minority, and secular elites. Evidence draws on communication between political and religious elites during the independence period, with special attention to communication between Léopold Sédar Senghor and Muslim and Catholic elites. The chapter closes with an examination of tensions in Senegal’s benevolent secularism manifested in the controversy over the Code de la Famille.

Keywords:   Senegal, Laïcité, Sufism, Léopold Sédar Senghor, Mouride Brotherhood, Code de la Famille

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