Yusuf Soalih Ajura

Yusuf Soalih also called Afa Ajura (1890-2004), was a Ghanaian Islamic scholar, a preacher, political activist, and the founder and leader of a sect in Ghana.[1] Afa Ajura was a proponent of Sunni Islam shunning pre-Islamic pagan practices, and whom some have referred to as a precursor to Wahhabi reformism in Ghana.[2] He established the Anbariyya Islamic Institute in Tamale in the 1940s. He died in Tamale on December 22, 2004. He was succeeded by Saeed Abubakr Zakaria in 2007 as leader of the Anbariyya Sunni Community.[3]

Yusuf Soalih Ajura
Other namesAfa Ajura
1890 contested
DiedDecember 22, 2004 (aged 114)
Resting placeAnbariyya Islamic Institute
RegionWest Africa
Other namesAfa Ajura
Muslim leader
Influenced by

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  1. ^ Ghana News Agency (December 23, 2004). "Afa Ajura is dead". GhanaWeb. Retrieved 22 January 2014.
  2. ^ Ousman Kobo (2012). Unveiling Modernity in Twentieth-Century West African Islamic Reforms. BRILL. ISBN 9789004233133. Retrieved 26 January 2014.
  3. ^ Ghana News Agency (June 23, 2007). "Al Sunni Muslim sect gets new leader". GhanaWeb. Retrieved 22 January 2014.

Further readingEdit

  • Abdulai Iddrisu (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) (2009). Contesting Islam: "Homegrown Wahhabism," Education and Muslim Identity in Northern Ghana, 1920--2005. ProQuesPress. ISBN 9781109220643.
  • Abdulai Iddrisu (2012). Contesting Islam in Africa: Homegrown Wahhabism and Muslim Identity in Northern Ghana, 1920-2010. Carolina Academic Press. ISBN 9781594609169.
  • Ousman Kobo (2012). Unveiling Modernity in Twentieth-Century West African Islamic Reforms. Brill. ISBN 9789004233133.
  • James Gow; Funmi Olonisakin; Ernst Dijxhoorn (2013). West African Militancy and Violence; Contemporary Security Studies. Routledge. ISBN 9781135968502.
  • J. S. Pobee (1991). Religion and Politics in Ghana. Asempa Publishers, Christian Council of Ghana. ISBN 9789964781798.
  • Historical Society of Ghana (2002). Transactions of the Historical Society of Ghana, Issue 6. University of Michigan.
  • Historical Society of Ghana (1996). Religion en Afrique, Volume 26. Brill Academic Publishers (University of Michigan).
  • Abudulai Yakubu (2006). The Abudu-Andani crisis of Dagbon: a historical and legal perspective of the Yendi skin affairs. MPC Ltd. ISBN 9789988032517.
  • University of Ibadan. Department of Religious Studies (1994). Orita: Ibadan Journal of Religious Studies, Volumes 26-29. Department of Religious Studies, University of Ibaden.
  • Nordiska Afrikainstitutet (1969). Research Report, Issue 133 (University of Michigan). Nordiska Afrikainstitutet.
  • Holger Weiss (2007). Begging and almsgiving in Ghana: Muslim positions towards poverty and distress. Nordiska Afrikainstitutet. ISBN 9789171065971.
  • Amnesty International (1989). The Amnesty International Report. Amnesty International Publications (University of California).
  • Joseph, Morrison Skelly (2009). Political Islam from Muhammad to Ahmadinejad: Defenders, Detractors, and Definitions: Defenders, Detractors, and Definitions. Praeger Security International: ABC-CLIO. p. 281. ISBN 9780313372247.

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