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Title:A Note on the Early Spread of Islam in Dagomba
Author:Wilks, Ivor
Periodical:Transactions of the Historical Society of Ghana
Geographic term:Ghana
Subjects:Islamic history
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Religion and Witchcraft
History and Exploration
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/41403570
Abstract:The Dagomba state, in the north-east of the Republic of Ghana, emerged in its historic form in the course of the 15th and 16th century. Although its basic social and political institutions had evolved before Islam made any substantial impact in the region, nevertheless Dagomba now shows strongly Islamic features superimposed upon the traditional system: for instance, in the existence of imamates and other specifically Muslim offices; in the use of the Muslim calendar and in the universal observance of the major Islamic festivals; in the widespread adoption of Muslim fashions of naming, circumcision, aid burial; and in the presence of Malikite elements in Dagomba law. It is the purpose of this note to inquire into the circumstances, and chronology, of the early spread of Islam into Dagomba. References; notes; appendices.