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Title:The Development and Practice of Religion in an Accra Suburb
Authors:Peil, MargaretISNI
Opoku, K.A.
Periodical:Journal of Religion in Africa
Geographic term:Ghana
Urbanization and Migration
Religion and Witchcraft
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Muslim-Christian relations
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/pdf/1581299.pdf
Abstract:This paper traces the development of a large number of religious groups over a 30-year period in Madina, a suburb of Accra, the capital of Ghana. Madina was founded in 1959. As the community has grown, the original Muslims and Ghana Council of Churches members have been joined by many international and local churches. Madina now has c. 45,000 people and houses members of c. 80 religious groups. A study was carried out in 1993, using interviews with religious leaders, a sample census and individual interviews to trace the expansion of religious groups since Madina was founded, to examine current membership and to compare members of different types of groups on commitment, participation, social networks and sources of satisfaction with their religious affiliation. Attention is paid to the growth of religious diversity in Madina; the background and training of religious leaders; the financial resources of the churches; contacts with world headquarters and international colleagues, and contacts between pastors in Madina; services; members' characteristics (such as education, frequency of attendance at services; change of religious affiliation; belief in witchcraft). The study shows that the religious life of Madina has become highly complex but also highly ecumenical. Bibliogr.