Center for the Study of Religions (CSR)
Today it is a conspicuous reality around the world that religions are becoming more and more a delicate and sensitive issue encompassing almost all aspects of human life. It is also observed that they often create volatile environments that hinder a peaceful maintenance of social life. In view of this present reality facing churches in Africa, the center seeks to understand people’s lives in other faiths in order to make contributions towards promoting irenic relationships between religions and also to construct a more relevant way to share the Gospel of Jesus peacefully with people of other faiths.
Thus, the center’s main objectives are as follows:
- To produce a high level (PhD and post-doctoral) of scholarship in studying world religions, especially Islam in Africa as well as African Traditional Religions. To provide needed information for the body of Christ (particularly in Africa) with regard to world religions.
- To promote peaceful relationships with people of other religions (especially with Muslim neighbors in sub-Saharan Africa)
Details of the Ph.D. Inter-religious Studies Program can be found here.
Center for Research and Publication
The center is a learning environment in which Christian scholars and practitioners across the African continent and beyond are engaging in rigorous scholarly examination of the complex issues facing Africans in the 21st century. The center forms African thinkers and researchers who are equipped to empower the Christian movement to manifest the “shalom” of God’s kingdom.
Given that all truth is God’s truth, the scope of Christian research and analysis must not be limited. The values and wisdom of a Christian worldview must be articulated as they inform every sphere of knowledge.
The center promotes interdisciplinary research in order to articulate the integration of social sciences and theological insights in an attempt to impact every dimension of African experience. The finest scholars from various fields of study come together to forge syntheses which are thoroughly Christian and at the same time based on rigorous research. The heart of the center is to promote a thorough scholarly investigation of the constellation of socio-political crises which confront the continent; land, human rights, poverty, tribalism, corruption, HIV-AIDS, political instability, etc. Interdisciplinary dialogue is promoted among theological and non-theological scholars, academicians and field practitioners.
Findings from research and academic colloquium are published in an academic journal that is accessible worldwide here
Institutional Ethical Review Board.
The AIU Institutional Ethical Review board is accredited by the National Commission for Science, Technology, and Innovation (NACOSTI). The main purpose of IERB is to coordinate, receive and screen external and internal research proposals.
The Institutional Ethical Review Board (IERB) within the ISAR Office:
- Guides scientific research.
- Reviews and makes decisions on accepting, requesting resubmission or deferring approval on external and internal research proposals, specifically regarding IERB related practices.
- Ensures compliance with ethical standards of practice in the proposal.
- Provides documentation for approval or request for corrections for resubmission, or deferral of the research proposal.
- Monitors compliance of ethical practices during the research process. Monitoring by AIU’s IERB is contingent upon specific agreements with the Principal Investigator, e.g. once external proposals are approved, AIU IERB may -- or may not -- provide monitoring of the actual research process.
Short Courses and Public Lectures
The goal of the short courses and public lectures docket is to connect AIU with the outside world. ISAR hosts various short-term seminars, trainings, workshops and public lectures on relevant topics in a bid to help people understand how to cope with various issues related to African Realities.
Center for Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation (under-going structural realignment))
The center is rooted in the teaching and example of Jesus who is “our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility” (Eph. 2:14). The center’s agenda is to transform conflict in Africa at all levels: personal, family, churches and organizations, between communities and at national levels. The center’s philosophy is the promotion of theological teaching integrating grace, truth and justice for a true “shalom.” Thus, its goal is to equip Christians in diverse arenas to intervene with skill and discernment in conflict situations and to build deep-rooted peace.
The center is an environment for research and writing concerning issues of peace-building in African contexts. This research will lead to home-grown solutions to the conflict issues that the continent is facing. In addition, the center offers mediation and arbitration services.
Center for Church Empowerment and Community Engagement (under-going structural realignment) the center’s goal is threefold:
- First the center partners with local churches and Christian organizations to provide a variety of non-formal and continuing education opportunities that promote “Jesus-style leadership” for believers who have a passion to shape and sharpen their talents and spiritual gifts for service in God’s kingdom.
- Second, the center offers to church leaders’ cutting-edge training of current issues that the African church is facing, most of which is not offered in theological schools.
- Thirdly, the center seeks to develop sustainable projects that should serve as a bridge for the university to engage the community in a holistic way.
Center for Values, Ethics, Law, Leadership, Governance, and Public Policy (CVELLGPP) (under-going structural realignment)
There is a critical need in Africa today for excellence in leadership and management of public affairs. The center seeks to empower and resource Christians who are called to serve in the judiciary, legislative bodies and the civil service of African countries so that they may bring change and institute national policies and systems motivated by national interest. ISAR’s passion is to see Christians in Africa live a life of integrity and uphold moral and spiritual values presented in the Bible, the only foundation on which a just and prosperous society can be built.
The center prepares leaders who will participate in the strengthening of the economic and political systems in their nations. We therefore seek to nurture African “statesmen” who will be distinguished by the compelling wisdom of their solutions for the complexities of African society.