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“Waaw, maangi ci kawam!”

This phrase instantly became my favorite, amongst my very thin Wolof inventory, the minute I learnt it in class the other day. Roughly translated it means, “I’m on top of things” or “Things are going well”. For the most part … Continue reading

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Sex, god, and la vie française

This post was written as part of the Berkley Center’s Junior Year Network Abroad, which connects Hoyas all over the world and encourages conversation about religion, culture, politics, and society in different countries. A few weekends ago, my friends and I … Continue reading

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One vs. Three

As my third-to-last week winds down and my departure date looms ever-nearer, I’m finding it harder and harder to stay focused on the here-and-now of Senegal and easier and easier to fantasize about hot chocolate. As an antidote against this … Continue reading

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Trip to Senegal’s Versions of Mecca

Two weekends ago, my history of Islam class took a trip to Senegal’s two major Muslim brotherhood pilgrimage sites—Tivuoaune and Touba. For a group of twelve American university students, this was the deepest cultural immersion we’ve experienced yet. Though I … Continue reading

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Islamic Synchretism

Asaalam Malekum! Many of you had questions on why, in my opinion, there has never been a coup in Senegal. The following features some of my reflections on religious life in Senegal, which can be found online as my contribution … Continue reading

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