Everyday Islam in Kumasi: Devout Lay Men and Women in Daily Life

by Gracia Clark

Women



A Secondary School Teacher

A Secondary School Teacher

Date: 2006
Format: Video/mp4
"My Mum never gave up."
A Trader and a Teacher

A Trader and a Teacher

Date: 2006
Format: Video/mp4
"My uncle saw that I was not interested in marriage, so one day he just called me and said 'I want you to be married to your brother [cousin],' and it worked."
Allabar Women's School

Allabar Women's School

Date: 2006
Format: Image/jpeg
Allabar Women's School
The Allabar Women's Islamic School main classroom in front of house.
An Arabic Teacher

An Arabic Teacher

Date: 2006
Format: Video/mp4
"As I understood the teachings of Islam, I pledged to let my fellow Muslims also know more about Islam and the Koran. That is why I prefer teaching."
Bantama Floor

Bantama Floor

Date: 2006
Format: Image/jpeg
Bantama Floor
Interviews on the floor of mosque -- women's side.
Cloth Importers

Cloth Importers

Date: 2009
Format: Image/jpeg
Cloth Importers
Two women and one man from Togo sit in cloth stall in Kumasi Central Market.
Halima Abdallah

Halima Abdallah

Date: August 21, 2009
Format: Video/mp4
"I don't think I can marry again."
Herbal Stall

Herbal Stall

Date: 2009
Format: Image/jpeg
Herbal Stall
Herbalist stall in Kumasi Central Market.
Kumasi Central Market

Kumasi Central Market

Date: 2009
Format: Image/jpeg
Kumasi Central Market
Overview of Kumasi Central Market from above wholesale yards.
Learning to Pray

Learning to Pray

Date: 2006
Format: Image/jpeg
Learning to Pray
Small girl standing behind praying women in the mosque.
Madame Hawa, Tomato Wholesaler

Madame Hawa, Tomato Wholesaler

Date: 1979
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Madame Hawa, Tomato Wholesaler
Silhouette of old lady at tomato yard.
Not Every Woman Can Do This Work

Not Every Woman Can Do This Work

Date: 2006
Format: Video/mp4
"It is only me, a woman selling these double axles here. My family are proud of me as a woman selling this, because it is not easy for some women to learn this trade."
Palaver Held at the Central Market, Kumasi

Palaver Held at the Central Market, Kumasi

Date: October 13, 1946
Format: Text/jpeg
Muslim traders settled freely in Kumasi after British conquest in 1898, but they had to negotiate a place for themselves politically and economically as a minority. Each immigrant ethnic group acknowledged a Kumasi headman, who maintained constructive relations with the Asante chiefly hierarchy and the British colonial authorities to protect their trading activities and legal traditions. Although most of the translations for this case will be from oral interviews, the paramount chief's archives contain valuable English language documents from earlier decades, such as petitions and court cases. The following sample document shows high-ranking palace officials mediating a conflict between male traders from Gao (Mali) and Asante women traders. Their rivalry over access to truckloads of yams arriving in Kumasi Central Market sparked several violent clashes between 1938 and 1952.
Ramadan Class

Ramadan Class

Date: 2006
Format: Image/jpeg
Ramadan Class
Women in chairs, men at table with books at the mosque.
Runaway Wife

Runaway Wife

Date: January 3, 1939
Format: Text/jpeg
This wronged husband is appealing to the Asantehene because he feels the chief of his ethnic community in Kumasi has been unfair.
The Work of God

The Work of God

Date: 2006
Format: Video/mp4
"Next time that I greet you, with the grace of God you will also be a Muslim."
Truck Parts and Engines

Truck Parts and Engines

Date: 2006
Format: Image/jpeg
Truck Parts and Engines
Hajia Habiba in her stall with double axles in Suame Magazine.
Veiled Buyer

Veiled Buyer

Date: 1979
Format: Image/jpeg
Veiled Buyer
Customers standing, tomatoes on sack.
Zongo Street

Zongo Street

Date: 2009
Format: Image/jpeg
Zongo Street
Commercial building in Old Zongo.