Public Face of Islam in Kumasi

By Gracia Clark

Basic Ceremonial Life

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Work Neighbors Pray Together
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Young men who work in this neighborhood regularly gather for noon prayer inside this roadside shop made from a shipping container.

Courtesy of Carmen Paz (2009)
Foot Washing Before Prayer
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Washing feet, hands, and face prepares Muslims for each of there five daily prayers.

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Learning to Pray
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A toddler imitates her mother and other women at Friday prayers.

Courtesy of Carmen Paz (2006)
Friday Prayer Group
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This group of men gather on Fridays in a side yard on the grounds of the Central Mosque.

Courtesy of Carmen Paz (2009)
Women at a Funeral
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The funeral of an aged mother held in the family home and attended by Muslims and Christians.

Courtesy of Gracia Clark (2009)

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Work Neighbors Pray Together
Work Neighbors Pray Together (2009)
Courtesy of Carmen Paz

Foot Washing Before Prayer
Foot Washing Before Prayer (2009)
Courtesy of Carmen Paz

Learning to Pray
Learning to Pray (2006)
Courtesy of Carmen Paz

Friday Prayer Group
Friday Prayer Group (2009)
Courtesy of Carmen Paz

Women at a Funeral
Women at a Funeral (2009)
Courtesy of Gracia Clark


Related Essay
Creator: Paz, Carmen
Clark, Gracia
Description: Daily and life cycle rituals for Muslims
Date Range: 2010-2019
Location: Kumasi, Ashanti, Ghana
Format: Image/jpeg
Rights Management: For educational use only.
Contributing Institution: Carmen Paz; Gracia Clark; MATRIX: Center for Digital Humanities and Social Sciences at Michigan State University
Digitizer: Carmen Paz

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