Cafe Columbia is a series of informal discussions, led by Columbia University faculty, focused broadly on the arts, humanities, sciences, and social sciences. The discussions are held at the Picnic Market Cafe at 2665 Broadway (between 101st and 102nd Street).
The Leitner Family Professor of African Studies and History Mamadou Diouf will discuss
Are Sufi Brotherhoods an Antidote to Political Islam? The Case of Senegal
In todays political environment, where religions dominate the public space, the visual expressions, infrastructures, and sacred places of Sufism are currently called upon to oppose the rise of political Islam. Senegal has successfully resisted the challenge posed by the rise of political Islam because of the authority of a specific type of Islamic religious formation, Sufi Islam. The cooperation between Senegals political elite and its Sufi leadership has ensured political stability in an African environment stricken by military coups, civil wars, and ethnic conflicts. Come listen to Diouf speak about this Senegalese exception, which has been characterized as a quite remarkable success story, a successful construction of a liberal democracy, a quasi-democracy, or an unfinished democracy.
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