Sahelian Islam’s Shift Towards Salafism And Its Implications For Regional Terrorism | Hoover Institution

By Joshua Meservey

The Sahel region of Africa stretches east from Senegal’s Atlantic coast into Sudan, covering a vast space in which the Sahara Desert peters out southward into savannah.

It is predominately Muslim, and specifically Sufi, a type of syncretic Islamic practice that emphasizes the mystical experience of God.

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