Skip to main content
×
Home
    • Aa
    • Aa

Cautious Democrats: Religious Actors and Democratization Processes in Senegal

  • Leonardo A. Villalón (a1)
Abstract
Abstract

This article analyzes the role of religious actors at different stages in the long and gradual processes of democratization in Senegal. It examines the transformations in their political influence from pillars of the stable (but non-democratic) post-independence state, to a more ambiguous posture in the decade of democratic opening. A discussion of the interactive relationship between religious change and the transition to democracy over the course of the 1990s leads us to an analysis of the role of religious actors in debating the substantive content of Senegalese democracy in the decade that followed. The article concludes that while procedurally religious actors are playing an important role in the development of the democratic system in Senegal, substantively they are doing so in part by calling into question some understandings of what democracy entails. The ultimate evaluation of their contribution to the consolidation of democracy hinges at least in part on our conceptualization of democracy itself.

Copyright
Corresponding author
Address correspondence and reprint requests to: Leonardo A. Villalón, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32611. E-mail: villalon@ufl.edu
Linked references
Hide All

This list contains references from the content that can be linked to their source. For a full set of references and notes please see the PDF or HTML where available.

Sheldon Gellar . 2005. Democracy in Senegal: Tocquevillian Analytics in Africa. New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillian.

Roman Loimeier . 2009. “Dialectics of Religion and Politics in Senegal.” In New Perspectives on Islam in Senegal: Conversion, Migration, Wealth, Power and Femininity, eds. Mamadou Diouf , and Mara Leichtman . New York: Palgrave MacMillan: 237256.

Fabienne Samson . 2009. “Islam, Protest, and Citizen Mobilization: New Sufi Movements.” In New Perspectives on Islam in Senegal: Conversion, Migration, Wealth, Power and Femininity, eds. Mamadou Diouf , and Mara Leichtman . New York, NY: Palgrave MacMillan, 257272.

Philippe C. Schmitter , and Terry Lynn Karl . 1991. “What Democracy Is, and Is Not.The Journal of Democracy 2:7588.

Etienne Smith . 2013. “Religious and Cultural Pluralism in Senegal: Accommodation through ‘Proportional Equidistance’?” In Tolerance, Democracy, and Sufis in Senegal, ed. Mamadou Diouf . New York, NY: Columbia University Press, 147179.

Benjamin Soares . 2009. “The Attempt to Reform Family Law in Mali.Die Welt des Islams 49:398428.

Alfred Stepan . 2013. “Stateness, Democracy and Respect: Senegal in Comparative Perspective.” In Tolerance, Democracy, and Sufis in Senegal, ed. Mamadou Diouf . New York, NY: Columbia University Press, 205238.

Leonardo A. Villalón 1995. Islamic Society and State Power in Senegal: Disciples and Citizens in Fatick. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Leonardo A. Villalón 1999. “Generational Changes, Political Stagnation, and the Evolving Dynamics of Religion and Politics in Senegal.Africa Today 46:129147.

Leonardo A. Villalón 2010. “From Argument to Negotiation: Constructing Democracies in Muslim West Africa.Comparative Politics 42:375393.

Fareed Zakaria . 1997. “The Rise of Illiberal Democracy.Foreign Affairs 76:2243.

Recommend this journal

Email your librarian or administrator to recommend adding this journal to your organisation's collection.

Politics and Religion
  • ISSN: 1755-0483
  • EISSN: 1755-0491
  • URL: /core/journals/politics-and-religion
Please enter your name
Please enter a valid email address
Who would you like to send this to? *
×

Metrics

Full text views

Total number of HTML views: 3
Total number of PDF views: 41 *
Loading metrics...

Abstract views

Total abstract views: 295 *
Loading metrics...

* Views captured on Cambridge Core between September 2016 - 19th August 2017. This data will be updated every 24 hours.