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Wolof Pitek, Emily
The Wolof are a group of people who share a common language (Wolof), and live in what is now Senegal and the Gambia. They are predominantly Muslim, with elements of “traditional (i.e., pre-Islamic) magicoreligious beliefs and practices” (Lagacé and Skoggard, 1999). A Christian minority is also present. Islamic beliefs permeate almost every aspect of Wolof culture, so the society is best characterized as coterminous with the religious group. This entry focuses on 1950, when Senegal was a French Protectorate, and the Gambia was a British Protectorate.
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