By Prince Sorie Conteh

As is the case for many of sub-Saharan Africa, African conventional faith (ATR) is the indigenous faith of Sierra Leone. whilst the early forebears and later progenitors of Islam and Christianity arrived, they met Sierra Leone indigenes with a impressive wisdom of God and a established non secular method. Successive Muslim clerics, investors, and missionaries have been respectful of and delicate to the tradition and faith of the indigenes who accommodated them and provided them hospitality. This procedure led to a syncretistic model of Islam. against this, such a lot Christian missionaries followed an unique and insensitive method of African tradition and religiosity. Christianity, in particular Protestantism, demanded an entire abandonment of African tradition and faith, and a complete commitment to Christianity. this angle is sustained by means of a few indigenous clerics and non secular leaders to such an quantity that Sierra Leone Indigenous faith (SLIR) and its practitioners stay marginalised in Sierra Leone's interreligious discussion and cooperation. even if the indigenes of Sierra Leone have been and stay hospitable to Islam and Christianity, and even if SLIR stocks affinity with Islam and Christianity in lots of theological and functional matters, or even even though there are lots of Muslims and Christians who nonetheless carry directly to conventional spirituality and tradition, Muslim and Christian leaders of those immigrant religions are reluctant to incorporate Traditionalists in interfaith concerns within the state. The formation and structure of the Inter-Religious Council of Sierra Leone (IRCSL), which has neighborhood and overseas acceptance, didn't contain ATR. those concerns, then, beg the subsequent questions: • Why have Muslim and Christian leaders lengthy marginalized ATR, its practices, and practitioners from interfaith discussion and cooperation in Sierra Leone? • what's missing in ATR that maintains to avoid practitioners of Christianity and Islam from formally regarding Traditionalists within the socioreligious improvement of the rustic? This publication investigates the explanations for the exclusion of ATR from interreligious dialogue/cooperation and ATR's relevance and position within the socioreligious panorama of Sierra Leone and the remainder of the area. It additionally discusses attainable methods for ATR's inclusion within the ongoing interfaith discussion and cooperation within the kingdom; this can be vital simply because humans dwelling facet by means of facet meet and have interaction in my opinion and communally usually. As such, they proportion universal assets; communal advantages; and the thrill, crises, and sorrows of existence. The social and cultural interplay and cooperation enthusiastic about this discussion of existence are what compel humans to totally comprehend the worldviews in their neighbours and to search out higher relationships with them. many of the extant books and classes approximately interreligious encounters and discussion deal basically with the interplay among or extra of the foremost international religions: Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Sikhism. This publication fills a niche within the learn of interreligious discussion in Africa by means of bearing in mind where and relevance of ATR in interreligious discussion and cooperation in Sierra Leone. It offers the reader with simple wisdom of ATR, Islam, and Christianity of their Sierra Leonean contexts, and of interfaith encounters and discussion one of the 3 significant religion traditions in Africa. As such, it offers for the 1st time a old, chronological, and comparative research of interreligious encounters and discussion between Traditionalists, Muslims, and Christians in Sierra Leone. Traditionalists, Muslims, and Christians in Africa is a vital reference for students, researchers, non secular leaders, missionaries, and all who're drawn to interfaith cooperation and discussion, specially between all 3 of Africa's significant dwelling religions-ATR, Islam, and Christianity.

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