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Spiritual Discourse in the Academy

A Globalized Indigenous Perspective

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Njoki Nathani Wane, Francis Akena Adyanga and Ahmed Ali Ilmi

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.
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Acknowledgments

Putting together a manuscript of any kind requires consultation, collaboration, commitment, and most of all, passion. The meeting of the minds for this work was first and foremost a collaborative effort. The vision of a common purpose, the mobilization of diverse spiritual ways of knowing, and the courage to center it within the education system were aspects of a collective idea to celebrate, honor, and validate the multiple ways of spiritual knowing.

Therefore, it is with utmost honour that we wish to acknowledge the following individuals for their steadfast support and industriousness in contributing chapters, reading, editing, contributing ideas, and shaping central arguments of the book for consistency and sequential flow. These individuals invested a considerable amount of their scarce time, with wisdom and guidance from different spiritual philosophies.

We thank Professor Wane and the students in her Spirituality and Schooling class of Fall 2010. It was during the introductory remarks for this course that Professor Wane announced to her class that she was going to be putting together another volume on spirituality and schooling, and that all the students were welcome to revise their papers for consideration. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all those students who have worked diligently with us to make the “idea” a reality. We sincerely acknowledge all of you “chapter contributors” for your insights in presenting your thoughts on spirituality in such unique and captivating ways. Your multiple ways of articulating issues...

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