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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 Evolution in Senegal

Secular Evolution in Senegal

Sopi and Institutional Change

(p.106) 5. Secular Evolution in Senegal
Faithful to Secularism

David T. Buckley

Columbia University Press

How has Senegal’s benevolent secularism withstood challenges brought on by religious revival and political competition over the past quarter century? This chapter documents the role of religious-secular and interfaith partnerships in steering institutional change in Senegal during this period. Benevolent secularism has evolved in spite of political manipulation by the administration of former-President Wade and efforts from some to privilege portions of the Muslim community. The chapter traces secular evolution in areas like education policy and the crucial election of 2010. It traces elite alliances through field interviews, and then documents similar consensus in public opinion data.

Keywords:   Senegal, Laïcité, President Wade, Mouride Brotherhood, Assises Nationales, Catholic Church

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