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Faith in Empire: Religion, Politics, and Colonial Rule in French Senegal, 1880-1940

Elizabeth A. Foster


Faith in Empire is an innovative exploration of French colonial rule in West Africa, conducted through the prism of religion and religious policy. It examines the relationships among French Catholic missionaries, colonial administrators, and Muslim, animist, and Christian Africans in colonial Senegal between 1880 and 1940. In doing so, it illuminates the nature of the relationship between the French Third Republic and its colonies, reveals competing French visions of how to approach Africans, and demonstrates how disparate groups of French and African actors, many of whom were unconnected with ... More

Keywords: French colonialism, Empire Senegal, Missionaries, West Africa, Catholicism, Islam, Four Communes, Politics, Civilizing mission

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780804783804
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804783804.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Elizabeth A. Foster, author