Burkina Faso: State and Religious Authority in Turbulent Times
October 28, 2019
Part of the state’s relaxed attitude toward religious regulation stemmed from the fact that until fairly recently, secular actors were the most potent threat to governmental authority. In the cities, civil society organizations and trade unions often defied state authority and overthrew governments. In rural areas, chiefs and local authorities positioned themselves as alternative power centers to the central government. The prevalence of secular opposition meant that the state paid less attention to challengers from the religious sphere.
This chapter is part of Faith in the Balance: Regulating Religious Affairs in Africa.