ABSTRACT: This article attempts to respond to a call to find an ontological basis for the establishment of African legal theory. The African world of my choice is the Igbo world in southeastern Nigeria. It is a world I want to explore to see how its material and theoretical structures contribute to articulating a philosophy of law in the sense of a coherent understanding of legal subjects and the foundations of their rights. The article draws on the contributions of F. U. Okafor and his many African critics. Idowu, W. (2006). African jurisprudence and the theory of reconciliation of law. The Cambrian Law Review, 37, 1-16. TITLE: A Theoretical Foundation for Understanding Law Subjects and Rights in Igbo Philosophy of Law Idowu William, 2005, “Postmodernism, Citizenship and the African Predicament: A Critical Reflection” in Journal of Humanities, No. 19, pp.1-18.
(Malawi). Idowu William, 2004, « La Doctrina de la Revision Judicial la Obligacion de Obedeceer el Derecho » in DOXA, Cuadernos de Filosofia del Derecho, Bd. 27, S. 349-376. (Espagnol) Idowu William, 2004, « African Philosophy of Law: Transcending the Boundaries between Myth and Reality » in Enter Text, On-line Journal, An Interactive Interdisciplinary e-Journal for Cultural and Historical Studies and Creative Work, www.entertext.com, Band 4, Nr. 2, S. 52-93. (Vereinigtes Königreich). Afrikanische Jurisprudenz: Mythos oder Realität? Erkenntnisse für die Wiederbelebung des Afrofuturismus für eine nachhaltige Zukunft ziehen. Dissertation: A Critique of the Separability Thesis in the Context of an African Jurisprudence In: Schmidt, Burghart / Schulte, Rolf (Hg.): « Witchcraft in Modern Africa: Witches, witch-hunts and magical imaginaries ».
Verlag Dokumentation & Buch (DOBU), Hambourg, 2007: 39-61 NOM DE LA REVUE: Open Journal of Philosophy, Vol.3 No.1A, 26. February 2013 Idowu William, 2004, “Citizenship Rights, Ethnic Pluralism and Democratic Justice: Perspectives from Nigerian Political History” in East African Journal of Human Rights and Democracy, Vol. 2, No. 3, pp. 280-290. (Kenya) ABSTRACT & SUMMARY: The analysis of African occult belief systems provides a unique example of how seemingly outdated and exotic African ways of thinking, such as belief in magic and witchcraft, are modern and have a significant impact on social, economic and political structures. Since the advent of colonial rule, official approaches to solving the problems of witch violence in Africa have been based on Eurocentric views and colonial jurisdiction legitimized by Western social sciences. These responses are inadequate; In fact, they are part of the problem itself. African religions could provide a framework for valuable indigenous solutions to current problems of contemporary life, including the problem of witch violence. Moreover, under certain conditions, they could offer the outside world a new and inspiring dimension of philosophical thought and emancipatory action, for example in the field of conflict resolution and reconciliation. But even in the case of the “domestication” of witch violence, this is true only to the extent that adequate African responses can be protected from the negative effects of globalized liberal capitalism. ——————————————————————————————————————————– SUMMARY: [On the Revival of African Ways of Thinking – The Example of Belief in Magic and Witchcraft] – The analysis of African occult belief systems provides a unique example to show that seemingly outdated and exotic African ways of thinking, such as belief in witchcraft, are very modern.
They decisively shape Africa`s social, economic and political structures. Since the advent of colonial rule, official approaches to dealing with the problems of witch violence in Africa have been based on Eurocentric views and colonial jurisdiction legitimized by Western social sciences of the time.