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Title:The positions of Muslims in Metropolitan Ashanti in the early nineteenth century
Author:Wilks, I.ISNI
Book title:Islam in tropical Africa
Geographic term:Ghana
Subject:Islamic history
Abstract:From writings of the West African Muslim reformers, the mujaddidin, of the first half of the 13th century A.H., it is possible to reconstruct the social and political conditions of these times in the Fulani emirates of Nigeria. No similar body of evidence is available for influential Muslim communities under pagan kings as Da Kaba of Segu and Osei Tutu Kwame of Ashanti. In the case of Ashanti there is evidence from a quite different source, between May 1816 and March 1820 Osei Tutu Kwame received as visitors to Kumasi no less than 9 agents of the European merchant companies trading on the Gold Coast to the South, and of these, 5 left lengthy descriptions of his capital. From them a detailed account of the Kumasi Muslim community can be pieced together, of its structure and functions, of the stresses to which it exerted during those four years. References, notes; French summary p. 339-341.