Public Face of Islam in Kumasi

By Gracia Clark

Men

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A Spare Parts Dealer

A Spare Parts Dealer

Date: August 26, 2009
Format: Video/mp4
"We should take more business, but the money is small. That is why we cannot do what we would like to do."

Aluminum Casting

Aluminum Casting

Date: July 2009
Format: Video/mp4
Aluminum casting has no logical connection to Islam, but has become an occupation identified with Muslims in Kumasi. Decades ago, the VALCO aluminum refinery at the Volta Dam produced quantities of scrap metal from its smelters and manufacturing processes. Northerners predominated in recycling cardboard, paper, and other metal scrap, so they became expert in recycli  Show More

City Parade

City Parade

Date: August 2011
Format: Video/mp4
Video Footage Scene Comments Start (00:00:00) Families returning from the noon prayer at Kumasi Central Mosque on Eid-al-Fitr, 2011. 00:00:12 The followers of a popular local teacher surround him and his family, as the last vehicles allowed pass. 00:01:16 Note hawkers with head loads and pushcarts as the street clears. Pairs of young men and sets of   Show More

Community Historian

Community Historian

Date: 2011
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A leading community historian

Foot Washing Before Prayer

Foot Washing Before Prayer

Date: 2009
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Washing feet, hands, and face prepares Muslims for each of there five daily prayers.

Friday Prayer Group

Friday Prayer Group

Date: 2009
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This group of men gather on Fridays in a side yard on the grounds of the Central Mosque.

Learning Zongo History

Learning Zongo History

Date: 2011
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A leading elder explains the photographs in the Mossi chief's reception room.

Men Resting

Men Resting

Date: 2014
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Men waiting to meet with an elder.

Men Slideshow

Men Slideshow

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A range of dress styles compatible with Muslim identity for men

Muslims Do Not Behave Like That

Muslims Do Not Behave Like That

Date: 2006
Format: Video/mp4
"You are supposed to live in mutual respect and kindness with your neighbor, if you have one, whether that neighbor is a believer or a non-believer."

Pageant Enacting the Haj

Pageant Enacting the Haj

Date: November 2011
Format: Video/mp4
Several months before it was time to start on the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca, members of this mosque in Kumasi who had made the pilgrimage decided to stage this reenactment of the various stages of the ritual, so that those going that year would know what to expect. Since the pageant took place inside the mosque itself, its degree of realism was limited, but the coordin  Show More

Tailor and Imam's Son

Tailor and Imam's Son

Date: 2006
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This tailor sews and embroiders men's and women's clothing. His father serves as Imam in another Ghanaian town.

Work Neighbors Pray Together

Work Neighbors Pray Together

Date: 2009
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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.

Young Men

Young Men

Date: 2009
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Young men meet in an informal afternoon discussion group.

Zacharia and Yakubu Discussion

Zacharia and Yakubu Discussion

Date: September 6, 2009
Format: Video/mp4
"As a Muslim, your hands do not bother anyone, your mouth should not hurt anyone, your legs should not bother anyone, don't cheat, don't beat anyone, don't kill anyone, you see, this is what we call Muslim."

Zongo Chief

Zongo Chief

Date: August 2011
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The Zongo Chief in procession with his entourage.

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