Planting Islam in Ghana A Critical Review of the Approaches.

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Cosmas Ebow Sarbah


Islam, West Africa, Ghana, Indigenous Culture, Reformist, Muslims, Christian-Muslim relations


The unique features which a missionary religious tradition exhibits in the receiving land cannot be fully understood until the methods involved in its planting are critically scrutinized. This paper examined the various approaches which have played a crucial role in the planting of Islam in Ghana. Muslim agents in 14thand 15thcenturies started the dissemination of Islam with a largely effective accommodating, flexible approach and attitude to traditional culture and life. Later, certain Islamic elements introduced puritan, reformist approaches with the view of cleansing Islam of ‘perceived’ indigenous influences. By means of information derived from historico-theological methods, the paper concludes that indigenous Ghanaian life has played significant role in molding and shaping Islamic beliefs and practices into their unique forms as they are in Ghana, rendering the religion a significant player in the quest for peaceful coexistence and promotion of Christian-Muslim relations in contemporary Ghana. 


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