Secularism, interfaith marriages and reengagement with the study of Islam-Christian Relations in Ghana

Abstract The focus of this paper is to examine how interfaith marriages and other forms of conjugal relations, facilitated by Ghana’s ‘secular’ status, are (re)shaping Muslim-Christian interactions in Zongo communities (Muslim-dominated communities) in Accra. The paper, which deployed ethnographic research approach, argues that instead of casting the relationship between Muslims and Christians in terms of conflict and tension, we need to look at how the evolution of Zongo communities (now religiously and ethnically deeply plural), and the politics of secularisation have contributed to creating an atmosphere of peaceful interactions between Muslims and Christians. The paper also reflects on the future of such interactions and advocates new approaches to the study of Muslim-Christian relations in Ghana and Africa.