Approaches to the Faith-based Segregation

“They also live together under the ground”: Different approaches to the faith-based
segregation of interments in Joal and Fadiouth


Having a single cemetery where people of all faiths are buried is an innovation of the
settlement of Fadiouth in Senegal that sets it apart from the neighboring settlement of
Joal, which like most of the country, has separate cemeteries for Muslims and
Christians. What explains this divergence in approaches to the faith-based interments
in Joal and Fadiouth? What are the consequences of this divergence in burial practices
on inter-faith relations in the two settlements? In exploring these questions, this study
will shed light on the little studied phenomenon of segregated faith-based interment,
exploit the sensitive issue of interments to gauge deeply held views on inter-faith
relations, and examine the dynamics of local mechanisms that promote cohesion even
in the face of broader tendencies toward separation. This study could offer lessons to
practitioners seeking to encourage tolerance and cohesion in an era of rising
fundamentalism and separatism

Principal Investigator: Ato Kwamena Onoma, Program officer, CODESRIA, Dakar,
Senegal.

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