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Tone Sommerfelt

Tone Sommerfelt  holds a PhD in anthropology from the University of Oslo and is a senior researcher at the Oslo-based Fafo Research Foundation. She has considerable field experience of Muslim West Africa, including three years of fieldwork in The Gambia. She has recently worked on a project...
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Kristin Jesnes

Kristin Jesnes  is a researcher at the Fafo Research Foundation, where she works on questions relating to countries in transition, business and human rights, industrial relations and the provision of decent work. She holds a master’s in international security from Sciences Po Paris and a bac...
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State control of religious activity in southern Mali following the 2012 crisis

Tone Sommerfelt, Kristin Jesnes, 25 August 2015

Faced with the fear of radicalisation, Malian authorities are attempting to regulate an increasingly complex religious field. Political initiatives include the establishment of the Ministry of Religious Affairs, collaboration with Morocco over the education of imams and renewed debate over the incorporation of Quranic schools in the public school system. This policy brief examines attempts by the state to regulate religious matters and the implications of these efforts. Inevitably, these regulatory initiatives entail the reshaping of state-religion relations. The secularity of the state is being renegotiated and the Malian state is approaching the Moroccan model of state control of religious life.

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