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Muslim Marriages in Accra, Ghana : A Perspective in Minority/Majority Relations, Gender, and Social Mobility

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Issaka-Toure, Fulera:
Muslim Marriages in Accra, Ghana : A Perspective in Minority/Majority Relations, Gender, and Social Mobility.
In: Feminist Research. Vol. 6 (2022) Issue 1 . - pp. 1-13.
ISSN 2582-3809
DOI: https://doi.org/10.21523/gcj2.22060101

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Muslims in Ghana form a significant minority of nearly eighteen percent of the total population of over twenty-five million people. Out of this number exists a small minority of Shi’i Muslims among the dominant Sunni group. This article considers marriage practices between the minority Shi’i and majority Sunni groups with relevance to gender and social mobility. Relying on field data gathered between 2014 and 2020 through interviews, informal conversations as well as the usage of an informant, the article demonstrates how the minority situates itself in relation to the majority group with respect to marriage as a social practice. The article argues that the minority negotiates its space within the context of the majority with respect to continuing and sustaining some traditions while placing some other practices into a contextual perspective. Furthermore, the article contends that mobility takes place in the lives of both men and women; however, Muslim men have some advantage over Muslim women.

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Item Type: Article in a journal
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Sunni; Social Mobility; Shi’i; Muslim marriages; Ghana; Gender; Accra
Institutions of the University: Faculties > Faculty of Languages and Literature > Chair Islamic Studies
Faculties > Faculty of Languages and Literature > Chair Islamic Studies > Chair Islamic Studies - Univ.-Prof. Dr. Rüdiger Seesemann
Faculties
Faculties > Faculty of Languages and Literature
Result of work at the UBT: Yes
DDC Subjects: 200 Religion > 200 Religion
200 Religion > 290 Other religions
Date Deposited: 08 Aug 2022 06:43
Last Modified: 09 Aug 2022 07:08
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/71397