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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 Two: African Spirituality and the Traditional Justice System: Pedagogical Implications for Education

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   CHAPTER TWO

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

FRANCIS AKENA ADYANGA

INTRODUCTION

In post-independence Africa, there have been numerous armed conflicts, some of which were related to Cold War politics. These armed conflicts have been disastrous for Africa’s economic, social, and political developments. Several scholarly analyses of the wars tend to agree that the legacy of European colonial rule and the continuous meddling by external forces into the affairs of African states have exacerbated these conflicts. These causes, in addition to internal weaknesses and lack of unity among the communities, made it easy for a few avaricious African politicians to exploit disunity for their self-interests. These politicians exploit social disunity to maintain themselves in power in perpetuity. To them, political leadership is something they must attain and keep at all costs. In agreement, Legacy Events Index (2008) suggested that “when the African States attained independence, however, the dominant nationalist movements and their leaders often installed themselves in virtually permanent power [sic]. When these governments proved unable or unwilling to fulfill popular expectations, the resort was often military intervention”. Military interventions to remove unpopular or oppressive regimes in Africa have oftentimes resulted in the reproduction of more undemocratic and oppressive regimes. Although the legacies of colonization’s role in Africa’s tribulations cannot be negated, internal weaknesses also offer significant contributions to ← 15 | 16 → the unrests. With reference to Uganda, the removal of the first oppressive regime of General Idi...

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