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Faith in EmpireReligion, Politics, and Colonial Rule in French Senegal, 1880-1940$
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Elizabeth A. Foster

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780804783804

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804783804.001.0001

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Rivalry in Translation

Rivalry in Translation

CATHOLICISM, ISLAM, AND FRENCH RULE 0F THE NORTH-WEST SEREER, 1890-1900

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(p.43) 2 Rivalry in Translation
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Faith in Empire
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Elizabeth A. Foster

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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804783804.003.0003

Chapter 2 moves to a rural setting to analyze fledgling French colonial rule in the region south and east of Dakar, where two antagonistic African populations, the predominantly animist Sereer and the Muslim Wolof, skillfully exploited tensions between French Catholic missionaries and French colonial officials. Centered on the alleged murder of a Wolof agent of the French administration by a Sereer and the investigation and trial that followed, the chapter exposes the tenuous nature of the French administrative reach in the African interior and illuminates the bitter rivalry between French missionaries and colonial officials. The chapter reveals the vast gulf between missionary and administrative conceptions of a French civilizing mission and demonstrates that at this time both French groups were largely the tools of rival African interests.

Keywords:   Wolof, Sereer, Missionaries, Administrators, Islam, Catholicism, Civilizing Mission, Murder, Trial

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