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Spiritual Discourse in the Academy: A Globalized Indigenous Perspective
Edited by Njoki Nathani Wane, Francis Akena Adyanga, and Ahmed Ali Ilmi
Peter Lang / Softcover / Apr 2014
9781433122309 (ISBN-10: 1433122308)
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246 pages
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Spiritual Discourse in the Academy focuses on the value of spirituality as a subjugated knowledge from globalized contexts. The book's central tenet is that spirituality is the core of one's intellectual growth and that its inclusion in education acknowledges the sum total of who we are. It not only offers strategies for transformative education, but also embraces global diversity and inclusive education for the twenty-first century.

The book also provides a detailed examination of spirituality from a global context, acknowledges the detrimental legacies of colonialism on indigenous spirituality, knowledge systems, traditional justice systems, and on indigenous peoples. Spiritual Discourse in the Academy reaches out to educators, scholars, and students who are interested in the multiple roles of spirituality in schooling and society at large. It can be used for teaching courses in spirituality, education, religious studies, and cultural studies.

"It is a truism that the strength and depth of human existence rests on the individual and the collective acceptability of our spiritual being. This book has magnificently explored ... the high destiny which has been bestowed on every human being ... This book is highly recommended to everyone that seeks to tap into the existential spiritual well-being that invariably gives you the 'feel-good factor."
Antonia Ashiedu, PhD, Delta State Commissioner for Poverty Alleviation, Nigeria

Table of Contents:

Theme One: Context

Francis Akena Adyanga: African Spirituality and the Traditional Justice System: Pedagogical Implications for Education

Elias K. Bongmba: Spirituality: An Intersubjective Practice

Onek C. Adyanga: Response to the Context Theme

Theme Two: Pedagogy

Jean-Paul Restoule/Erin Wolfson/Candace Brunette/Christine Smillie/Angela Mashford-Pringle/Maya Chacaby/Gail Russel: Supporting Aboriginal Learners in Post-Secondary Education Institutions in Ontario

Ahmed Ali Ilmi: Claiming the Sacred: Indigenous African Spirituality and Schooling

Neville G. Panthaki: Swaraj, Spirituality, and Saraswati: Conceptualizing Post-Colonial Indian Secular Cosmopolitanism as Identity, and Education

Mary Ashiedu: Spirituality as a Strategy for Survival: An Igbo Perspective

Onek C. Adyanga: Response to the Pedagogy Theme

Theme Three: Discourse

Njoki Nathani Wane: Students' Spiritual Selves: Implications for Classroom Practices

Erick Fabris: Spirituality and a Mad People's Commons

Natalie McDoom-Slack: The Liberation of Critical Pedagogy: Towards an Understanding of Spirituality and Education

Michael Onyedika Nwalutu: Dispiriting the Spiritual in Classroom Education: Critiquing Spirituality as a Tool for Transformative Education in 21st-Century Academe

Margarita Simon Guillory: The Creative Individual: Identity Construction and Individuality in African American Spirituality

Mindy Lee: Chinese Spirituality: Implications for Western Educators

Bradley D. Rowe: American Emerson: A Response to the Discourse Theme

Njoki Nathani Wane/Ahmed Ali Ilmi/Francis Akena Adyanga: Conclusion: An Invitation to Continuous Dialogue on Indigenous Spiritual Ways of Knowing.

About the Editors:

Njoki N. Wane (PhD, University of Toronto) is a professor at the University of Toronto. She has won many awards for her teaching and scholarship, including the Harry Jerome Professional Excellence Award (2008). She also received the Decolonizing Education towards the Advancement of Anti-Racism Award (2014) from the University of Toronto.

Francis Akena Adyanga received his PhD from the University of Toronto.

Ahmed Ali Ilmi received his PhD from the University of Toronto.

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