As I depart from Senegal, a more important passing has taken place within the Mouride Sufi brotherhood. Serigne Mouhamadou Lamine Bara Mbacké, Khalife general of the Mourides, died last Thursday. For a student of religion and politics, the post-mortem patterns of partisan condolence have provided yet more evidence of the powerful place of the Mourides in Senegalese society.
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What makes a religious political party? The question is more than semantic in Senegal. The constitution bars political parties based on religion or sect (Article 3.1), so when a young leader within Senegal’s Mouride Sufi brotherhood, Serigne Modou Kara Mbacké, formed a political party in 2004, the ban was put to a test.