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Tolerance, Democracy and Sufis in Senegal
March 8, 2008 @ 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
The conference will explore how Senegal’s Sufi population has contributed to the country’s democratic development and culture. As part of the conference, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture will present “A Saint in the City: Sufi Arts of Urban Senegal,” an exhibition curated by the Fowler Museum at UCLA featuring Senegalese calligraphic art and murals as well as representations of Sheikh Amadou Bamba, the founder of the Sufi Mouride brotherhood.
Cosponsored with Institute of African Studies; the Center for Study of Democracy, Toleration and Religion; and the Comittee on Global Thought. Convened by Mamadou Diouf, the new Director of Columbia’s Institute for African Studies and Professor of History in Middle East and Asian Languages and Cultures.