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A critical study of Christian-Muslim relations in the central region of Ghana with special reference to traditional Akan values

Sarbah, Cosmas Justice Ebo (2010)
Ph.D. thesis, University of Birmingham.

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This work studies Christian-Muslim relations in Ghana with special reference to the role of traditional Akan culture. It identifies and examines religious and cultural practices of the Akan people of Ghana that continue to exert strong influence on the people in the wake of the upsurge of Christianity and Islam. These practices have not only succeeded in moulding and shaping both Christianity and Islam into unique entities as found in Ghana but also toning down the ancient rivalries that have existed between them. It is concluded that Christian-Muslim exchanges go beyond theological and historical discussions. They, more importantly, include religious and socio-political practicalities and issues which are found in this work to not only have far-reaching implications for the formulation of images and attitudes of the other religious tradition but also foster effectual and meaningful Christian-Muslim encounters. It is in the context of cultural and, in fact, holistic understanding of Christian-Muslim engagements that the commonalities of the two great religious traditions could be celebrated and the differences inherent in them be deeply appreciated as an asset and not a liability.

Type of Work:Ph.D. thesis.
Supervisor(s):Buaben, Jabal Muhammad
School/Faculty:Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Arts & Law
Department:Department of Theology and Religions
Subjects:BR Christianity
BP Islam. Bahaism. Theosophy, etc
DT Africa
Institution:University of Birmingham
ID Code:1207
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