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Gifford, Paul (2016) 'The Charlie Hebdo Affair in Senegal.' Canadian Journal of African Studies, 50 (1). pp. 479-492.

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Abstract

The Charlie Hebdo affair caused major repercussions in Senegal, not least because President Macky Sall took part in the “march in support of republican values” in Paris on Sunday 11 January 2015. Sall came in for fierce criticism for sympathising with the enemies of Islam. This article analyses the different attitudes expressed in the public demonstrations over the ensuing weeks, as well as in the accompanying media debate. Reactions were not unconnected with a profound ambivalence towards France, manifested in another public debate around the Fifteenth Assembly of the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie (OIF) held in Dakar just weeks before. They were also affected by local politics, with the opposition seizing the opportunity to discomfit Sall. Also everywhere in play were local Islamic dynamics, particularly Sall’s on-going difficulties with Senegal’s principal religious families and resistance to his efforts to modernise traditional koranic schools (daaras).

Item Type: Journal Article
SOAS Departments & Centres: Legacy Departments > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Department of the Study of Religions
ISSN: 00083968
DOI (Digital Object Identifier): https://doi.org/10.1080/00083968.2015.1116102
Date Deposited: 04 Sep 2016 10:03
URI: https://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/22902

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