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Title:Reinterpreting the straight path: Ghanaian Muslim converts in mission to Muslims
Authors:Dovlo, Elom
Asante, Alfred OfosuISNI
Periodical:Exchange: Journal of Contemporary Christianities in Context
Geographic term:Ghana
Subjects:religious conversion
Muslim-Christian relations
External link:https://doi.org/10.1163/157254303X00028
Abstract:The early missionaries to West Africa made no deliberate efforts to convert Muslims to Christianity. Since the mid-1980s, however, there has been a sudden upsurge in Christian missions to Muslims in Ghana. Following a brief introduction on Islam in Ghana, the authors examine Christian missions in retrospect and deduce the reasons for lack of missions to Muslims. They then discuss the current phenomenon of Christian missions to Muslims, focusing on the Converted Muslims Christian Ministries (CMCM), a group of converted Muslims in mission to the Muslim community in Ghana. Attention is paid to the CMCM's founder (Ahmed Agyei), CMCM evangelization methodology (open air crusades, person-to-person evangelism and workshops, literature and audiovisual media), the first CMCM congregation (in 1989), named Straightway Chapel, and the mode of worship and membership of this congregation. Attention is also paid to Muslim reactions to CMCM, including the violent clashes between Christians and Muslims which took place in 1995 and 1996 in Kumasi, Tamale and Takoradi. Notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]