A city that keeps a country going: In praise of Dakar

@inproceedings{Obrien2008ACT,
  title={A city that keeps a country going: In praise of Dakar},
  author={Donal D. Cruise O'brien},
  year={2008}
}
In part an academic reminiscence looking back at a lifetime of research into Muslim communities in and around the city of Dakar, this article situates the city within the contexts of Senegal and Africa while focusing on a seldom‐mentioned paradox: that Senegal’s emergent sense of unified nationhood is to a large extent predicated on the near‐absence of written texts in the country’s most widely spoken language, urban or “Dakar” Wolof. I discuss some cultural and political implications of this… CONTINUE READING

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