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Senegal, Islam in

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    Ninety-two percent of the population is Muslim and 2 percent Christian, with 6 percent other. Nineteenth-century Sufi brotherhoods such as the Tijani and Muridi fought against French and British colonization. French colonists established a secular state, which the independent Senegalese government ( 1960 ) has maintained. The Muridi tariqah is based in Touba, a state within a state in which there is no governor, no administration, and no police force. Veiling is not required, and criminal activity is rare. Alcohol, cigarettes, sports, loud music, and politics are banned.

    See also Futa Toro; Umar Tal

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