Oladosu delivers UI 489th inaugural lecture
Afis Ayinde Oladosu, a professor in the Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies and Dean, Faculty of Arts, University of Ibadan will today deliver the 489th inaugural lecture of the University of Ibadan, Oyo State.
Oladosu is a cultural critic. His scholarly horizon and expertise straddle Arab-Islamism, Arab-Muslim Modernities, and Middle-Eastern and North African Studies. So it is not surprising that his lecture is titled, Arab-Islamism, Afrabism, and contrapuntal criticism.
Oladosu is a brief about his lecture stated that the spaces of conflicts around the world commonly branded as religious are actually less about God and more about the preservation of spaces of power as well as a contest for economic survival and prosperity.
He implored experts in the twin disciplines of Arabic and Islamic studies to explore more ways by which their relevance to national development could be made more visible.
Before his promotion to the rank of Professor at the University of Ibadan in 2011, Afis had competed for and won the following international fellowships and scholarships: 2006 Fulbright Scholarship to the University of Southern Maine and Southern Maine Community College (SMCC), United States; 2007 Bill Gates Scholarship and Fellowship of African Scholar Program, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, United States; 2009 Visiting Scholarship at the University of Ghana, Accra and 2010 Visiting Professorship at the International Islamic University of Malaysia (IIUM), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Only recently (2019), he completed his sabbatical leave at the University of Ghana, Accra, Ghana.
He has participated in and presented papers in local and international conferences and seminars on Arab-Islamic culture, terrorism, peace-building, gender in Arab societies, law and religion, and globalization. He has served and still serves as an external examiner for under- and graduate programmes and as an assessor for professorial promotions for universities in and outside Nigeria including the International Islamic University, Malaysia (IIUM), and the University of The Gambia, Banjul.
Afis is a member of many learned societies including the American Studies Association (ASA), United State, Nigerian Academy of Letters (NAL), Nigerian Association of Teachers of Arabic and Islamic Studies (NATAIS), Association of Professional Translators of English-Arabic in Universities (APETAU), and African Consortium for the Study of Law and Religion (ACLARS) South Africa among others. He presently serves as Board Member, Islam in Africa Study Group (IASG), an affiliate of ASA, United States,s and as Member of the Governing Board, National University Commission, (NUC). He is married with children.
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