I believe bodwich mentions the presence of 'Moors'. These are likely not Arabs, but Hausa, but what this does show is indirect contact through islamic Hausa mediaries. Not that this matters anyway - anyone who has read about the Swahili coast will know about Arab contact there, aswell as some strange genetic traces among the Lemba peoples, aswell as the many 'Afro-Arab' and 'Black-Arab' groups living in and around Chad and Sudan, who define themselves as Arab as many other groups do.I lived in Ghana too and never saw any Arab descent customs.
I suppose you can tell me any proven records of Arab contact with the Akan peoples. Though I'm sure you can "prove" the stories of Akans originatonig from Ancient Egyp?
Look, your opinions are not facts.
The northern Ghanaian regions have always been Islamic. Just as in most regions bordering the Sahel.
The fact is if your opinions are facts, then you'd prove the Akan "origin" story, which is pretty loose as it stands.
Hausa presence in the Asante capitol of Kumase is undeniable historic fact, and Hausa scribes were even present in the court of Bamum according to a cameroonian friend of mine, though I have not personally researched this. I believe 'Charms' with Quranic verses / Arabic written on them, and other things were commonly worn by the Asante soldiers.Islamic conversions stopped at the Sahel. Muslims, whether Arab or not, had little contact with what are now the Gulf of Guinea coast, Congo, or the southern tip of Africa.
His comment was meant as an insult to paint Sundiata1 as a 'crazed afrocentric'Never heard about an Akan origin story from Egypt anyway. During what we would today call nation building after independance it was sometimes claimed that the Akans are originally from the Ghana/Mali empire. I don't think anybody believed that concoction even then though. From what we know of the early Akans, they considered themselves "people coming out of the forests", i.e. the rainforest girdle historically covering pretty much the entire area they live in today.
Not even the languages are closely related to those of modern day Mali, though that can be misleading.
By that same logic, Buddhists would not have reverted back to Hinduism in the parts of India ruled by Buddhists retaken by Hindus.
In short: Because people who practiced traditional African religions before the Europeans arrived were more susceptible to Christianity than people who practiced Islam before the Europeans arrived were. As for why this is, well, it might be due to Islam being a world religion just like Christianity is (and being a part of a bigger religion could create a perception of having more power) but also perhaps due to apostasy being punished with the death penalty in many Muslim countries and among many Muslim cultures. When leaving your religion is punishable with the death penalty, well, there simply isn't that much incentive to leave your religion. Even nowadays ex-Muslims often have it really rough outside of the West for the same reason. As far as I know, the only large areas that stopped practicing Islam over time after they embraced it were Spain, Portugal, and Adjara in Georgia.Both Sub-saharan Africa and North Africa were under West European rule(United Kingdom,France,Germany,Belgium etc).Today Sub-saharan Africa has got 63% christian majority: Projected Religious Population Changes in Sub-Saharan Africa for tgis reason.But why North Africa hasn't got also christian majority for the same reason?
Indeed there are. Most notably three quarters of the 'Spanish' population gradually over time (9th to 16th centuries)Both statements are false. There are plenty of cases of conversions both in medieval and modern times.
If you're truly an Akan and not lying, then you would have heard of the Akan/Egypt origin story. Many do - including relatives of mine who are true Akans. For one who professes their knowledge and "scope", it's pretty selective.Thank you for your very informative post, Ighayere, I appreciate the effort! Interesting and enlightening stuff...
What opinions? You made patently untrue claims that were easily disproven.
Yes... There was a longstanding Islamic presence south of the Sahel. I'm glad we agree on that now.
What are you on about? I never said anything about "proving the Akan "origin" story". Why would I entertain such a textbook straw man here?
|Similar History Discussions||History Forum||Date|
|Looking for the earliest ethnographies or accounts of tribes in Sub-Saharan Africa||African History|
|PC: A de-Christianization of Sub-Saharan Africa after the end of colonialism?||Speculative History|
|Sources/Conjecture on the Social History of Pre-Colonial Sub-Saharan Africa||African History|
|Biggest cities in Sub Saharan Africa (500-1500)||African History|
|Similar History Discussions|
|Looking for the earliest ethnographies or accounts of tribes in Sub-Saharan Africa|
|PC: A de-Christianization of Sub-Saharan Africa after the end of colonialism?|
|Sources/Conjecture on the Social History of Pre-Colonial Sub-Saharan Africa|
|Biggest cities in Sub Saharan Africa (500-1500)|