Religious re-orientation in Southern Mali

The project is a study of religious reorientation and Muslim revival in southern Mali. While the increasing significance of radical Salafist Islam in the north of the country is well known, this project seeks to understand religious reorientation in the South, where Islam in recent years has become increasingly significant in the public space. The project addresses questions concerning secularism and people's perceptions about religion, politics and gender. 

Religious reorientation is an intrinsic part of the development of conflicts in Mali, and may act both as a hindrance and a resource for reconciliation efforts and peace building in Mali following the July and August democratic elections and the inauguration of President Keita’s new government in September 2013.

The main aim of the project is to increase the understanding of the characteristics and politics of Muslim groups in Southern Mali. Also, the project aims to explore the extent to which religious reorientation excludes women from social and political processes.


Fafo-reports and papers

Rapport Fafo 2015:20
Tone Sommerfelt, Anne Hatløy et Kristin Jesnes

Fafo-report 2015:19
Tone Sommerfelt, Anne Hatløy and Kristin Jesnes

Rapport Fafo 2015:14
Anne Hatløy, Massa Coulibaly et Jing Liu

Fafo-report 2015:13
Massa Coulibaly and Anne Hatløy

Rapport Fafo 2015:06
Massa Coulibaly et Anne Hatløy

Fafo-report 2015:04
Anne Hatløy, Massa Coulibaly and Jing Liu


  • Norwegian Peacebuilding Resource Centre

Tone Sommerfelt, Anne Hatløy and Kristin Jesnes
  • The Broker

The Broker Online

Project management

Anne Hatløy

Project participant(s)

Anne Hatløy

Cooperating researchers

Massa Coulibaly

Commissioned by

MFA, Peace and Reconciliation

Project period

January 2014
September 2015