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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 Three: Spirituality: An Intersubjective Practice

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   CHAPTER THREE

Spirituality: An Intersubjective Practice

ELIAS K. BONGMBA

INTRODUCTION

I consider the term, spirituality, to refer to ideas, ideals, and practices which people employ to focus on and strengthen their relationship to others, divine beings and spirits, as well as the entire cosmic order. The recent turn to a practice can be explained partly by the rediscovery of the arcane disciplines in different religious traditions, but more so in the Christian tradition (Olupona 2001). While religious traditions have provided a context for spirituality, it has become customary to see spirituality as a disposition towards the cosmos which exceeds one particular religious tradition. In the main, spirituality remains the deployment of thought and action towards all forms of relations between the individual (or community) and the entire cosmos, even though those actions take place in a concrete, historical world. Spirituality (thought and action) is a way of life that is not determined by rules, but is guided by a good sense of the self, others, and the universe. During most of the twentieth century, an ethical lifestyle has increasingly been regarded as spirituality, because ethics has come to mean a way of life that has sought justice in a world where many have been oppressed and humanity has ignored or abused the environment. The orientation taken by individuals and communities towards justice through a lifestyle that imagines the common good has increasingly marked spirituality for a challenging time for many religious communities...

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