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Title: Islam, Politics and Development: negotiating the future of Dagbon.
Authors: Abdul-Hamid, Mustapha
Issue Date: 2011
Publisher: University of Cape Coast
Abstract: Dagbon is the territory that is inhabited by the Dagomba people. Dagombas are part of the Mole-Dagbani speaking people, having descended from a common ancestor with the Moshis, Mamprusis and Nanumbas. Dagbon is in the Northern Region of Ghana, lying between latitudes nine and ten and has an area of 9,611 square miles. Dagbon is the largest of the ethnic kingdoms in Northern Ghana. Communal violence erupted in the capital of the Dagomba people on March 25, 2002. This continued for three days, resulting in the death of their king, Ya Na Yakubu Andani on March 27 2002. The remote cause of this three day war was a long standing dispute, relating to the succession to the Dagbon skin. The Dagbon crisis has become a complex web of power play among family members, political manipulation or interference and the politics of justice. But these did not begin today. They have their historical antecedents. Since 1953, nearly all governments have intervened in this dispute in one way or another. But this political involvement has only deepened the rift and accentuated the disagreements. This paper posits that, there can be no political solution to the Dagbon crisis. Since the Dagomba people are predominantly Muslims and have a huge developmental deficit, this paper advocates a combination of Islamic, traditional and development based solutions.
Description: ii, 21p:.
ISSN: 23105496
Appears in Collections:Department of Religion & Human Values

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