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Title:The rubber and palm produce trades and the Islamization of the Diola of Boulouf (Casamance), 1890-1920
Author:Mark, Peter
Periodical:Bulletin de l'Institut Fondamental d'Afrique Noire, SÚrie B: Sciences humaines
Geographic term:Senegal
Islamic history
Abstract:Until the end of the 19th century, the Diola of Boulouf (Basse Casamance), belonged to the most isolated populations of Senegal. Between 1890 and 1920 that isolation began to disappear thanks to the development of the rubber and palm produce trades. It were the Diola themselves who founded the commerce. The inception of this commerce pre-dates the institution of colonial administration in Boulouf, and demonstrates local initiative in the development of an export trade. The commercial initiative played a major role in the spread of Islam in Boulouf. This paper discusses the development of indigenous production and the exchange of export goods, together with the subsequent conversion to Islam of the Diola of Boulouf, or Djougoutes, in the Basse Casamance region of southwestern Senegal. Notes, figures, tables, French summary.