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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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Chapter One: Introduction

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   CHAPTER ONE

Introduction

NJOKI WANE, FRANCIS AKENA ADYANGA, AND AHMED ALI ILMI

This book, Spiritual Discourse in the Academy: A Globalized, Indigenous Perspective, offers unique contributions on the discourse of spirituality that different education stakeholders and professionals from other disciplines will find beneficial. The book’s emphasis on the value of spirituality as a subjugated knowledge from global contexts, and the recommendations for its inclusion in the mainstream formal-education system not only offer space for transformative education, but also embrace global diversity and inclusive education for sustainable social, economic, and political development in the twenty-first century. Because of the emerging interest of scholars in the subject of spirituality, the book is an open invitation to the advancement of more research and scholarship on possibilities and also challenges in the discourse of spirituality, and on its inclusion in formal education.

The first aim of this book is to reach out to educators, scholars, students, and other interested community members who are looking for a collection that examines multiple roles of spirituality in schooling and society at large. The second aim is to add to the scarce literatures on spirituality from a globalized Indigenous lens situated within a Canadian context. It is on these bases that the editors of the book embarked on a project of discussions on spirituality from an anti-colonial perspective informed by multiple voices that represent diverse cultures globally. The premise of this book is to anchor different spiritual understandings in education....

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