Works by Joseph Kenny, O.P.
- Islamic Studies: Programmes and literature review An orientation for anyone devising programmes of Islamic studies for Christians at beginning or advanced levels, and a guide for anyone wanting to learn about Islam at any level.
- Newspaper Series A popular survey of many questions Christians ask about Islam. These and a few other works on this site were serialized in the Ibadan Catholic paper, The Independent.
- Early Islam Background, the Life of Muhammad, the Umayyyad and `Abbâsid Caliphates, Echoes Today. Lagos: Dominican Publications, 1997.
- West Africa and Islam Written on behalf of the Inter-Religious Dialogue Commission of AECAWA (The Association of Episcopal Conferences of West Africa), it contains 45 lessons on all aspects of Islam necessary for a Christian lay person in West Africa to know.
- Le clé du dialogue avec nos frères musulmans A French version of the previous work, except that the chapters on West Africa are reduced in favor of coverage of Africa as a whole. Done for a course at Les Facultés Catholiques de Kinshasa. Preface by Frédéric ETSOU, Archbishop of Kinshasa.
- The Spread of Islam Through North to West Africa A historical survey with relevant Arab documents. Dominican Publications, 2000, iv + 227 pp. Not in that edition, but on this site is a huge bibliography.
- The economic dimension of West African Islamic history An analysis based on material presented in the previous work. First published in Christianity and Islam in dialogue (Cape Coast: AECAWA), 84-90, later revised for Orita 27 (1995), 90-98.
- Adaptation for Christian marriage among the Maguzawa The Maguzawa are Hausa who retain the Traditional Religion. Resisting Islam, but heavily influenced by it, large numbers have accepted Christianity. Article first published in Neue Zeitschrift für Missionswissenschaft, 24:2 (1968), 133-144.
- Christians and Muslims in Nigeria:A case of competitive sharing Published in Nigerian Dialogue No. 4, 1982, 5-8.
- Religious movements in Nigeria: divisive or cohesive: Some interpretative models Published in Orita 16:2, December 1984, 111-128.
- Arab Aid Written for Consultation of the Christian Councils in West Africa on Christian-Muslim Relations, Monrovia, 25-28 November 1984. Published in Association of Episcopal Conferences of Anglophone West Africa, Christianity and Islam in dialogue (Cape Coast, 1987), pp. 77-83.
- Sharî`a and Islamic revival in Nigeria A history of Sharî`a in Nigeria and a survey of the different Muslim organisations and interests at the present time. Published many times over, as the first note indicates, and together with the following:
- Islamic revival in confrontation with Christians A survey of the debate about Sharî`a and membership in the O.I.C. Much of this and the previous article were published as "Sharî`a and Christianity in Nigeria: Islam and a 'secular' state," Journal of Religion in Africa, 26:4, 338-364.
- Nigeria Chronicle Studies on Christian-Muslim relations and dialogue from 1966 to the present.
Islamic Law and PracticeNote: It is necessary to have the font "AraTransRoman" installed in your computer in order to read the following texts. This was used to accommodate the Arabic transcriptions that require special characters. You may download this font by clicking the following link: AraTransRoman, or in zip form: AraTransRoman
- Islamic Ethics: What the Qur'ân says A systematic summary of Qur'ânic teaching, with verse references. This can be compared with The ethics of war and peace emerging from the the Sîra of Ibn-Ishâq, the earliest biographer of Muhammad, and Paul's ethics, in which I summarize J. Fitzmeyer, New Jerome Biblical Commentary. For the latter you need the font Bwgrkn.
- The Risâla An annotated translation of the treatise on Mâlikî Law of `Abdallâh Ibn-abî-Zayd al-Qayrawânî. This work of fiqh is an elaboration of Islamic ethics based on Hadîth as well as the Qur'ân.
- Basic Practices of Islam and Christianity A presentation of the "five pillars" and marriage, summarizing the contents of the Risâla, along with corresponding Christian practices.
- Islamic Sufism: Experience and organization A survey of its history, with a study of the stages of dhikr and spiritual growth as presented by several Sufi theorists.
- Pornography: Islamic and Christian perspectives Delivered at seminar organized by the Department of Psychology, University of Ibadan, and published in Youth & pornography, ed. D.C.E. Ugwuegbu & B.U. Eke, a publication of the National Orientation Movement, Federal Ministry of Information & Culture, Lagos, 1989, pp. 47-60.
- Cults and occultism A talk delivered to the Muslim Students Society, University of Ibadan, 19 July 1997.
- Power in Islam A comparitive examination of how different religions relate to power, showing how political and spiritual power are often at odds in Islamic society.
- Le pouvoir et l'attraction de l'Islam The French original of the above article, for a talk given in Kinshasa.
- Le recherche de Dieu parmi les Musulmans A talk on Sufism given in Kinshasa.
- Christianity, Islam and the social order The philosophical suppositions leading to divergent views of society in the two religions. Delivered in Lagos at National Interfaith Conference, 24 June 2000
- The push for Sharî`a A talk on the Muslim programme, "Trends and Perspectives", M.I.T.V. Lagos, aired 20 August 2000
- Islam: authentic or fanatical A paper given at the Colloquium on Violence and Religion, 8 June 2002, at Purdue University.
Islamic Philosophy and TheologyTo read many of the following texts, it is necessary to install in your computer the font "AraTransRoman" and BibleWord fonts. Download them by clicking the following link: ttfonts.zip.
- Philosophy of the Muslim World A history and thematic study of the ideas of the major philosophers of the medieval Muslim world, making use of new Arabic editions of their works published in the last decades of the 20th century.
- La philosophie du monde musulmane: Auteurs et thèmes principaux The same book in French.
- Bibliography of the works of the philosophers of the Muslim world A comprehensive list of all the known works of 16 philosophers, together with publications in the original language and in translation.
- The chronology of the works of Ibn-Rushd An update of al-`Alawî's pioneering work, taking into account the works surviving only in Latin or Hebrew. You need the font "Bwgrkl" to read this: ttfonts.zip.
- The human intellect: The journey of an idea from Aristotle to Ibn-Rushd First published in Orita 30 (1998), 65-84, this is a further study of what was presented in chapter 4 of Philosophy of the Muslim World. To read many of the footnotes, you need the font "Bwgrkn". Download ttfonts.zip.
- Muslim theology as presented by Muhammad ibn-Yûsuf as-Sanûsî My Ph.D. thesis, University of Edinburgh, 1970, done under Prof. W. Montgomery Watt. A study of his life, time and works, with a critical edition and translation of his متن العقيدة الوسطى and a presentation of the theology contained in his accompanying commentary.
- Islamic monotheism: Principles and consequences A study of the way a particular way of understanding analogy led Ash`arite theologians to a position of strict occasionalism. First published by Association of Episcopal Conferences of Anglophone West Africa, in Christianity and Islam in dialogue (Cape Coast, 1987), 139-149.
- Common themes of Islamic and Christian theology A side by side study of five themes that have agitated Muslim and Christian thought over the centuries. Lagos: Dominican Publications, 1997 & 2000.
- Jesus and Mary in Islam – a Christian look What the Qur’ân and Hadîth (tradition) say, what Muslim apologetics makes of him, negatively or positively, how Christians variously react to Muslim Christology, and what principles underlie the differences between Islam and Christianity regarding what Jesus is. Lagos: Dominican Publications, 2000, reprinting publications elsewhere of the two parts.
- Sacrifice: Philosophical, theological and comparative probes Published in ORITA, 20:2, 1988, pp. 127-137.
- The relevance of theology to the ordinary life of Nigerians in Nigeria Published in ORITA, 14:2 (1982), 154-159.
- The sources of radical movements in Islam The theological origin of contemporary Islamicist thinking. Published in Skepticos, n. 1 (1990), 19-22.
- Aux sources des mouvements radicaux dans l'Islam The French original of the above article, published in Cahiers des Religions Africaines: Kinshasa, Centre d'Etudes des Religions Africaines, 23, n. 45-46 (1989), 135-140.
- Medicine in Islam A historical and theological analysis of Muslim attitudes to medicine, together with a study of the concrete forms of religious medical practice among Muslims in Nigeria.
- Rhetorical structure in the Qur'ân With Michel Cuypers, on chiastic structure found in the Psalms and in the Qur'ân. Published in Orita 32 (2000).
- Al-Fârâbî and the contingency argument for God's existence: a study of Risâla Zaynûn al-kabîr al-yûnânî Originally published in Orita 28 (1996), 50-69.
- Ibn-Sînâ on the human soul, in Notes and observations on natural science, Book II, Section 5 Originally published in Orita, 29, 68-98, this develops a theme contained in chapter 4 of my Philosophy of the Muslim World
- Ibn-Masarra: His Risâla al-i`tibâr Forthcoming in Orita, this is a study of the teachings of Ibn-Masarra's only two surviving works, with the text and translation of one of them.
- The Sources of Religion: كتاب أصول الدين , translation The short catechism, Usûl ad-dîn, by Usman dan Fodiye, the founder of the Sokoto caliphate (Nigeria) in the beginning of the 19th century.
- The Muqaddima: متن المقدمة , translation A critical edition and translation of the text of the “Introduction” to theology by Muhammad ibn-Yûsuf as-Sanûsî (d. 1490). Published in Hamdard Islamicus 23:2 (April-June 2000), 31-40.
- The Small Catechism: متن العقيدة الصغرى , translation The text and translation of the short catechism, Al-`Aqîda as-sughrâ, by Muhammad ibn-Yûsuf as-Sanûsî, a work which has been very widespread in North and West Africa for several centuries. Published in Hamdard Islamicus 13:4 (1990), 49-64
Biblical & Liturgical
- The Psalms A new translation, a new format, graphically displaying the symetrical pattern of the Psalms –with links to the Hebrew (revised August 2001).
- Daily Psalms and Canticles in their original languages The Psalms and Canticles according to the arrangement of the Breviary, also in an indented format displaying the symmetrical pattern of these texts –with links to the English (revised August 2001).
It is necessary to have True Type BibleWorks Hebrew and Greek fonts installed in your computer to read this. You may download the entire ensemble of web pages together with the fonts in "zip" compression by clicking on the following link: ttfonts.zip (699kb).
- The Psalms in Hausa; The Canticles in Hausa The Psalms and Canticles in Hausa, a new (2001) translation by Musa Danjuma and Joseph Kenny, O.P. (the same who translated the Deuterocanonical books of the Bible published by the Bible Society), following the format of the Hebrew and English editions above. To read it, download the font Hausa.zip.
- St. Albert the Great's Commentary on the Psalms Introduction and Psalms 1-5, 8, 23, 45, 51, 58, 72, 76, 110, 118, 130, 133, 136-138, 140, 142, 146-150 (Heb. numeration).
- Powerful titles of Jesus in the Bible Like the great number of Muslim devotional works on the 99 names of God, this work is a complete Christology in prayer form, meditating on 101 names of Jesus in the Bible.
- Stations of the Passion and Resurrection Fourteen of each, with Gospel summaries, Psalm verses and hymns. Meant to provide a solidly Biblical meditation, together with all the devotional impact of the familiar “Stations of the Cross”.
- Various hymns for the Office and Mass.
- The Catholic Church in Tropical Africa 1445-1850 (Ibadan University Press & Dominican Publications, 1982) For this middle period of African Christian history there is hardly anything in English except for a few specialized articles. The material is vast enough to write many detailed volumes. This general survey, with perhaps a little greater concentration on the Nigerian material has as its aim to present a factual account, telling all that is of interest, whether to the glory or the shame of the Church, with no apologetic tidying up of history.
- A seventeenth century Belgian visitor to Agadez and the north of Nigeria: Pieter Fardé An expanded study of a person mentioned in Chapter 5 of the previous work, published in Journal of the Historical Society of Nigeria, 10:4 (1981), 73-89.
- A documentary history of the Catholic Church in Nigeria: 1445-1850 A companion volume to The Catholic Church in Tropical Africa 1445-1850, in contains 144 documents in their original languages, together with English translation.
- Church contextualization in Nigeria, 1970-1990 A reworking for publication of a paper given at the AECAWA Inter-Religious Dialogue Commission seminar at Ikeja, Lagos, April 1993, in collaboration with Segun A. Taiwo, O.P. and Paul Bola Oye, O.P.
- The Lives of the Brethren (Vitas Fratrum) Translation of the 13th century work of Gerald de Frachet on the early Dominicans.
- The spiritualist heresy Published in Skepticos, n. 5 (1995), 42-43.
- Prophets who attack tha Catholic Church What to make of their "miracles". Published serially in Independent, newspaper of the Ibadan Archdiocese.
in University of Ibadan format
I. (a) Name: Joseph KENNY (Rev. Fr. Prof.)
(b) Date of birth: 12 January 1936
(c) Department: Religious Studies, University of Ibadan, Nigeria
II. (a) Present appointment: Professor, as of 24 March 1994. Began at U.I. 1 Nov. 1979.
III. University Education:
(a) St. Mary of the Lake Seminary, Mundelein, 1954-1956.
(b) Aquinas Institute, River Forest, 1957-1960.
(c) Aquinas Institute, Dubuque, 1960-1964.
(d) Pontifical Institute of Arabic Studies, Rome, 1966-1967.
(e) University of Tunis, 1967-1968.
(f) University of Edinburgh, 1968-1970.
IV. Academic qualifications:
(a) B.A. Philosophy Aquinas Institute, River Forest, 1959
(b) M.A. Philosophy Aquinas Institute, River Forest, 1960
(c) M.A. Theology Aquinas Institute, Dubuque, 1964
(d) Certificate, Arabic Language Pontifical Inst. of Arabic Studies, 1967
(e) Diploma, Arabic Language University of Tunis, 1967
(f) Ph.D., Arabic & Islamic Studies University of Edinburgh, 1970
V. Professional Qualifications and Diplomas:
A reading knowledge and some speaking knowledge of the following languages: English, Latin, Greek, Hebrew, Italian, French, German, Spanish, Hausa, Arabic, Yoruba, Dutch, Portuguese.
VI. Scholarships, Fellowships and Prizes (for undergraduate and postgraduate work only):
From the Government of Tunisia, a full scholarship for the academic year at the University of Tunis, 1967-1968.
VII. Honours, distinctions, memberships in learned societies:
(a) A member of the Order of Preachers (Dominicans), from 1956.
(b) An ordained Catholic priest, from 1963
(c) Editor of Orita, from June 1985 to December 1995.
(d) Member of the the Association of Episcopal Conferences of West Africa (AECAWA) Commission for Inter-Religious Dialogue, 1986 to present.
(e) Member of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria Commission for Inter-Religious Dialogue, 1996 to present.
(f) Member, Nigerian Field Society.
(g) Member, Music Circle, University of Ibadan.
(f) Member, Beekeepers Association of Nigeria.
VIII Details of Teaching Experience at University Level:
SS. Peter & Paul Seminary & Dominican Institute, 1971-1979.
Visiting professor (every two years) at Les Facultés Catholiques de Kinshasa, 1987 to present.
Lecturer I, University of Ibadan, 1979-1981.
Senior Lecturer, University of Ibadan, 1981-1994.
Professor, University of Ibadan, 1994 to present.
Head of Department of Religious Studies, U.I., 1 August 1995 to 31 July 1998.
(b) Undergraduate Courses Taught:
Introduction to Islam
Islam in West Africa
Faith and practice in Islam
Sufis and Scholars in early Islam
Islam in the Umayyad and Abbasid periods
Islamic Theology and Philosophy
Religion and society
Dialogue with people of living faiths
Comparative ethics in a pluralistic society
Religion in the 7th century Semitic world
Basic practices of the major faiths
Common themes in Christian & Muslim theology
Religious contacts in West Africa
(c) Postgraduate Courses Taught:
Relations among peoples of living faiths
Islam in West Africa
Phenomenology of religion
Metaphysical issues in religion
Religion and science
Theologies of Christian-Muslim relations
Converging themes in Christian & Muslim traditions
(iii) Dissertations and Theses:
The virtue of eutrapalia, M.A. thesis in Philosophy, River Forest, 1960
Satisfaction for sin, M.A. thesis in Theology, Dubuque, 1964.
Muslim theology as presented by Muhammad b. Yusuf as-Sanusi, especially in his al-'aqida al-wusta, Ph.D. thesis, Edinburgh, 1970. With edition of Arabic text and translation.