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Title:Imperativeness of professional ethics in religious studies scholarship in Nigeria
Author:Ayantayo, J.K.ISNI
Periodical:Orita: Ibadan Journal of Religious Studies (ISSN 0030-5596)
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:religious studies
professional ethics
Abstract:This paper examines the rationale for a code of ethics for lecturers and researchers in religious studies. Data were obtained through interviews with students and lecturers in the departments of religious studies of the University of Ibadan and Obafemi Awolowo University, both in Nigeria. The paper argues that professionalism in the context of lecturing or teaching, researching and writing, goes with the design of a code of ethics to enhance academic honesty, data privacy, professional accountability, impartiality in data analysis and professional consulting, amongst others. Benefits of professionalization through such a code of ethics in religious studies would include: a reduction of religious ignorance; the prevention of proselytization during teaching; the prevention of the use of Church/Mosque language in teaching; a solution to the problem of the qualification of teachers of religious studies; and the promotion of an awareness among scholars as well as nonscholars of the sensitivity of religious issues, especially in a religiously pluralistic nation such as Nigeria. Sum. [ASC Leiden abstract]