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Senegal, republic in western Africa, bounded on the north by Mauritania, on the east by Mali, on the south by Guinea and Guinea-Bissau, and on the west by the Atlantic Ocean. The Gambia, a small, narrow country, forms an enclave in southern Senegal, extending inland along the Gambia River. The republic’s total area is 196,722 sq km (75,955 sq mi). Dakar is the capital and largest city.


For younger readers

Beaton, Margaret. Senegal. Children's Press, 1997. For readers in grades 5 to 8.

Berg, Elizabeth L. Senegal. Marshall Cavendish, 1999. For readers in grades 5 to 8.


Adams, Adrian, and Jaabe So. A Claim to Land by the River: A Household in Senegal, 1720-1994. Oxford University Press, 1996. Study of the impact and misadministration of a program to irrigate Senegalese farm lands.

Gellar, Sheldon. Senegal: An African Nation Between Islam and the West. 2nd ed. Westview, 1995. History, economy, politics, society, and the future.

Snipe, Tracy David. Arts and Politics in Senegal, 1960-1996. Africa World, 1998. Explores the dynamic relationship between art and politics in Senegalese culture.

Villalon, Leonardo A. Islamic Society and State Power in Senegal: Disciples and Citizens in Fatick. Cambridge University Press, 1995. Government and religion in a powerful, if uneasy, alliance in Senegal.


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Gambia River, Dakar, western Africa, enclave, Atlantic Ocean, largest city, total area, Mali, Mauritania, Guinea-Bissau, republic, east

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