Islamic Society and State Power in Senegal: Disciples and Citizens in Fatick

Islamic Society and State Power in Senegal: Disciples and Citizens in Fatick

by Leonardo A. Villalon
     
 

The Sufi Muslim orders to which the vast majority of Senegalese belong are the most significant institutions of social organization in the country. While studies of Islam and politics have tended to focus on the destabilizing force of religiously based groups, Leonardo Villalon argues that in Senegal the orders have been a central component of a political system that… See more details below

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The Sufi Muslim orders to which the vast majority of Senegalese belong are the most significant institutions of social organization in the country. While studies of Islam and politics have tended to focus on the destabilizing force of religiously based groups, Leonardo Villalon argues that in Senegal the orders have been a central component of a political system that has been among the most stable in Africa. Focusing on a regional administrative center, he combines a detailed account of grassroots politics with an analysis of national and international forces to examine the ways in which the internal dynamics of the orders shape the exercise of power by the Senegalese state. This is a major study that should be read by every student of Islam and politics as well as of Africa.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521032322
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
10/28/2006
Series:
African Studies Series, #80
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
360
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.79(d)

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Table of Contents

List of Tables
Acknowledgments
A note on spelling
Glossary
Map of Senegal
Introduction: good Africans, good citizens, good Muslims1
1Islam in the politics of state-society relations15
2The structure of society: Fatick in the Senegalese context39
3The state-citizen relationship: struggle over bridges76
4The marabout-disciple relationship I: foundations of recruiting and following115
5The marabout-disciple relationship II: the structures of allegiance149
6The state-marabout relationship: collaboration, conflict, and alternatives200
7Bureaucrats, marabouts, and citizen-disciples: how precarious a balance?244
Notes266
Bibliography314
Index332

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