Ashanti Near Eastern Customs Are Not Due to Islamic Feedback

Source: Ashanti – 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica (Study Light) 1911 A.D.

From the source, “The most probable tradition represents the Ashanti as deriving their origin from bands of fugitives, who in the 16th or 17th century were driven before the Moslem tribes migrating southward from the countries on the Niger and Senegal. Having obtained possession of a region of impenetrable forest, they defended themselves with a valour which, becoming part of their national character, raised them to the rank of a powerful and conquering nationThere are a few Mahommedans in Ashanti, most of them traders from other countries, and the Basel and Wesleyan missionaries have obtained some converts to Christianity; but the great bulk of the people are spirit-worshippers. Unlike many West African races, the Ashanti in general show a repugnance to the doctrines of Islam.

This source is interesting because it confirms the notion that the Ashanti “were bands of fugitives”, they became a conquering nation, and they rejected the doctrines of Islam. This is important because this should raise questions like why would the Ashanti be “fugitive” because that indicates they were running from a place in which they got into trouble. The Ashanti rejecting Islamic doctrines allows a scholar to firmly establish that the Ashanti have Hebraic roots that are “pre-Islamic”. Meaning, people cannot assert that the Ashanti have links to the ancient near east due to Islamic diffusion because the Ashanti rejected Islam. Most of the Ashanti rejecting Christianity but still retaining key Hebraic influences reinforces the notion that their customs are ancient and not due to recent religious influence.

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