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Falola advocates kingship studies in African varsities


Professor Toyin Falola. PHOTO: UT College of Liberal Arts

The Jacob and Frances Sanger Mossiker Chair in the Humanities at the University of Texas, Prof. Toyin Falola, has called for the introduction of kingship studies in African universities.

Delivering his keynote speech at the international conference on the Alaafin in Yoruba History, Culture and Political Power Relations at Ajayi Crowther University, Oyo State, yesterday, the don explained that the study could be used to teach comparative histories of kings, kingdoms, and empires.

The keynote address was entitled ‘Alaafinology: The Ideology and Epistemology of Kingship’.

According to Falola, kingship studies will promote a multi-disciplinary approach, drawing students of history, philosophy, anthropology, religious studies and political science.

He added that it would bring together varied subjects that would shine light on the understanding of historical ideology and non-Western epistemologies.

His words: “Contents can, as a result, range from historical examples of kingships to theories on the development of civilisations and religions.

Naturally, Africa maintained sacred kingships, but the extent of the sacred kingship cycle of power varies, depending on location. Even so, the cycle has yet to be entirely broken.

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