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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

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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Njoki Nathani Wane, Ph.D. (University of Toronto), is Special Advisor on Status of Women at University of Toronto and Professor in the Department of Humanities, Social Science, Social Justice Education at the OISE, University of Toronto. From 2009–2012, she was Director of the Office of Teachers Support at OISE (OTSO). In 2009, she was one of the TVO nominees for Best Lecturer, while in 2008 she received the Harry Jerome Professional Excellence Award and in 2007 the African Women Achievement Award. For the last 20 years she has been researching, writing, and teaching in the areas of Black feminisms in Canada and Africa, African indigenous knowledges, and African women and spirituality. She has co-authored Equity in Practice: Transformational Training Resource (with Larissa Cairncross, 2013); Ruptures: Anti-Colonial & Anti-Racist Feminist Theorizing (with Jennifer Jagire and Zahra Murad, 2013); and A Handbook on African Traditional Healing Approaches & Research Practices (with Erica Neeganagwedin, 2013). Her co-edited books Spirituality, Education & Society: An Integrated Approach (with Energy Manyimo and Eric Ritskes) and The Politics of Cultural Knowledge (with Arlo Kempf and Marlon Simmons) were published in 2011.

Francis Akena Adyanga received his Ph.D. from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), University of Toronto, in 2014. His research interests ← 243 | 244 → include Indigenous knowledge, anticolonial education, spirituality, education in emergencies and post emergencies contexts, social/environmental justice, and global citizenship education. He has been keynote speaker at various conferences/gatherings in Canada focusing on the education of children in...

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