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Title:Cyclical history in the Gambia/Casamance borderlands: refuge, settlement and Islam from c. 1880 to the present
Author:Nugent, PaulISNI
Year:2007
Periodical:The Journal of African History
Volume:48
Issue:2
Period:July
Pages:221-243
Language:English
Geographic terms:Gambia
Senegal
Subjects:violence
immigrants
Diola
Manding
Islamization
history
1900-1999
History and Exploration
Religion and Witchcraft
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Urbanization and Migration
Ethnic and Race Relations
Link:http://ejournals.ebsco.com/direct.asp?ArticleID=4A5180F276623032E43B
Abstract:This article begins with a quotation from a local informant highlighting a perception in the Gambia/Casamance borderlands that there is a pattern linking the violence of the later nineteenth century with more recent troubles. It argues that there is some merit in this thesis, which is encapsulated in a concatenation of events: systematic raiding by Fodé Sylla led to the creation of a relatively depopulated colonial border zone which was later filled by Jola immigrants from Buluf to the southeast. In the perception of some, it is these immigrants who attracted the MFDC (Mouvement des forces démocratiques de la Casamance) rebels. Mandinkas and Jolas of Fogny Jabankunda and Narang, and Karoninkas from the islands of Karone have therefore been largely unreceptive to appeals to Casamance nationalism. The article also argues that there are more twisted historical connections. Whereas in the later nineteenth century, the Jolas associated Islam with violent enslavement, they later converted en masse. Their attitude towards Fodé Sylla remained negative, whilst the Mauritanian marabout, Cheikh Mahfoudz, was credited with the introduction of a pacific form of Islam that valorized hard work and legitimated physical migration. This legacy has posed a further barrier to militant nationalism. Islam and violence remain linked, but the signs have been reversed. Notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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