De la Sénégambie française1, Christian-Muslim relations


This short essay attempts to answer some questions that came to my mind regarding the authorship and the origin of ideas developed in De la Sénégambie française (Paris: Librairie de Firmin Didot Frères, Fils et Cie., 1855) by Frédéric Carrère and Paul Holle, two notables of mid-nineteenth century Saint-Louis, Senegal. I had been commissioned to prepare an analysis of the attitudes towards Islam of the authors for Christian-Muslim Relations: A Bibliographical History 1500-1900, a multi-volume series of bibliographical studies under preparation by the Department of Theology and Religion of the University of Birmingham in England being published, volume by volume, by Brill Press of the Netherlands. My specific assignment was to develop an essay according to a set format in which I discussed the opinions of the authors in regard to Christian-Muslim relations in the Senegal River valley in the 1850s.