A comparison of Muslims as minorities in the Volta region, Ghana, the Cote d'Ivoire and among the Yoruba of Nigeria in West Africa

There are many ways one might approach the study of Muslims as minorities in a given region. One theme of this paper on Muslim minorities in West Africa is Muslim involvement in artistic traditions both on an individual and a group level. This is illustrated with the case of Lamidi Fakeye, a Muslim...

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Published in:Journal
Main Author: Haight, Bruce M.
Format: Print Article
Language:English
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Published: 1991
In:Journal
Year: 1991, Volume: 12, Issue: 2, Pages: 449-463
Further subjects:B Cultural standard
B Religious identity
B Africa
B Nigeria Art Yoruba (Volk) Artist Ghana Côte d'Ivoire Cult
B Population group
B Muslim
B Interreligious relations
B Interpersonal relationship
B Minority
B Africa Muslime Religiöse Bevölkerungsgruppe Minority Kulturelle Werte und Normen Soziale Beziehungen Religionsgemeinschaften / Beziehungen zwischen religiösen Gruppen
B Value
B Norm Ethics
B Culture
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Summary:There are many ways one might approach the study of Muslims as minorities in a given region. One theme of this paper on Muslim minorities in West Africa is Muslim involvement in artistic traditions both on an individual and a group level. This is illustrated with the case of Lamidi Fakeye, a Muslim Yoruba carver living in Nigeria. Fakeye is adamant that maintaining and enriching the artistic traditions of his people need not to be incompatible with life as a pious Muslim. A second theme of this paper is stability and transformation in communities where Muslims as minorities live either in orthopraxis (upright practice) or in a "mixed" state. This theme is illustrated with the cases of the city of Bonduku, in eastern Cote d'Ivoire, where Muslim minority communities moved towards orthopraxis, and Bole in northern Ghana. Bole is an example of a Muslim community which sought to establish orthopraxis in an independent community, but failed. Attention is paid to one other pattern of relationship between Muslims and non-Muslims which is known today in the area west of the Black Volta region, where Muslims are involved in masking cults ("gbain"), which are used as mechanisms for controlling antisocial behaviour. (Documentatieblad/ASC Leiden)
ISSN:0266-6952
Contains:In: Maʿhad Šu'ūn al-Aqallīyāt al-Muslima (Dschidda), Journal