This summer course is offered in Dakar and introduces participants to the study of belief, knowledge, and society in francophone Africa.
The introduction situates Senegambia in world history and political economy, and particularly its place in the slave trade. Lectures explore the formation and transformation of the religious landscape of Senegambia. How were Islam and Christianity introduced, appropriated, and transformed in Senegambia? How did they interact with African traditional religions? What factors paved the way for their spread in Senegambia? How did they contribute to the education of the elites and production of knowledge?