NOTE: This workshop has been postponed, and will be rescheduled for 2015. Please check back at ircpl.org for updates.
This workshop is one part of our larger project on Sufi Islam in 21st Henry R. Luce Initiative for international and Public Affairs, which broadly asks what has made Sufism successful and effective at managing religious pluralism and ethnic and regional diversity in places as varied as Senegal, the Ottoman Empire/Turkey, and India. Taking place in Dakar, Senegal, this will be the second of three workshops within this project, following “Pluralism: Sufi Thought and Practices” in New York City in September of 2014, and preceding an event focusing on South Asia in 2015.
We will take this time to look in depth at how Senegalese Sufis – both in Senegal and in the West – have occupied an alternative political space and developed a discourse on democratization and political involvement that is both different from and a response to radical Islam. We hope that this workshop will be used as a platform to help scholars, policy makers, and West African clerics by bringing them together to engage in a serious and informed dialogue on Islam and Islamic social, political, and economic manifestations and their impact on society and the public space.