ASSOCIATION OF AFRICAN TRADITIONAL RELIGION & PHILOSOPHY SCHOLARS (AATREPS)
• Fostering a comprehensive & comparative study of African Traditional Religion and Philosophy
Founded by: Elizabeth Onyedinma Ezenweke
Ph.D (Curriculum Studies), Ph.D (Religious Studies), MATWS, MAAR, MRRA
Department of Religion & Human Relations, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
There is extant literature on the role of African traditional religion and philosophy on sustainable development and the tremendous role it played in fostering civilization in many parts of Africa, Yet, in the recent time, the cherished values of Africa that aided her civilization seem to be submerged in the wind of globalization. It is not arguable that if urgent attention is not directed towards the retrieval of the seemingly lost virtues of Africa, globalization will definitely destroy the very essence of African culture and philosophy.
However, the business of African Traditional Religion (ATR) is highly elusive in nature because of the pluralistic nature of the area of its coverage. African Traditional Religion covers thousands of small scale ethnic groups that have unique characteristics, though with much similarity. However, any general remark(s) would have the potential for imposing ideas and concepts on some others.
Again, African traditional religion has largely been without a written religious text as seen in many other world religions. Worse still, the erroneous picture of ATR as painted by early western writers still influence knowledge in many world libraries and cultures.
The above background called for the formation of the Association of African Traditional Religion and Philosophy Scholars to advance a comprehensive & comparative study of African Traditional Religion and Philosophy and its publication.
The AATREPS was founded in 2012 for the purpose of fostering a comprehensive & comparative study of African Traditional Religion and Philosophy. It is further aimed at promoting the academic study of African traditional religion and philosophy especially through the international collaboration and/or corroborative efforts of concerned scholars of African traditional religion and philosophy within Africa and in Diaspora. Its objectives include;
• Bringing together scholars of African traditional religion and philosophy within the diverse regions of Africa and beyond for mutual collaborative studies in African traditional religion and philosophy.
• The publication of original and contemporaneous scholarly documented materials on matters concerning African Traditional Religion and Philosophy.
• Disputing the earlier erroneous perception of African traditional religion.
• Providing and facilitating opportunities for mutual communications between scholars of African traditional religion and philosophy.
• Encouraging the development and sharing of academic ideas and corroborative researches among various institutions in Africa and abroad.
• Developing interests for publication of matters concerning the subject matter of African traditional religion and philosophy.
• Articulating a uniform belief and practices of African ideas.
• Advancement of the phenomenological study of African traditional religion and philosophy.
• Restoring the seemingly lost values of Africa.
• Creation of a directory of scholars in the field of African traditional religion and philosophy.