Country Mapping: Senegal

Senegal is a featured country for World Faiths Development Dialogue (WFDD) and the Berkley Center’s Religion and Development: Country-Level Mapping project, a multi-year review of the roles that religious ideas, institutions, and leaders play in various aspects of development efforts in four countries. In this small West African nation, approximately 95 percent of the population is Muslim and the other five percent is primarily Christian or animist. Senegal’s Muslims typically affiliate with one of the country’s four main brotherhoods and accord great importance to their teachings. Although the country has a Muslim majority, Senegalese Christians and Muslims generally enjoy amicable relations. Given the importance of religion in Senegalese society, religious and development institutions play diverse, yet often intersecting, roles in Senegal’s social, economic, and political development.

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