Salim Faraji

Dr. Salim Faraji

Salim Faraji

Professor

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Dr. Salim Faraji is Professor and former Chair of Africana Studies at California State University, Dominguez Hills. He is also the founding Executive Director of the Master of Arts in International Studies (MAIS) Africa Program at Concordia University Irvine in Ghana, West Africa. He completed his Master of Divinity at the Claremont School of Theology and M.A. and Ph.D. at Claremont Graduate University. He is a member of the International Society for Nubian Studies and specializes in early Christian history, Africana and Africanist historiography, Coptic Studies and the Kerma, Napatan, Meroitic and Medieval periods of Nubian history. He has presented papers on Nubian Christianity at the 11th International Conference for Meroitic Studies in Vienna, Austria and the 12th and 13th International Conferences for Nubian Studies at the British Museum and the Université de Neuchâtel, Switzerland, respectively. More recently Dr. Faraji presented “The Ascendancy of the Kushite Kingdom of Kerma in the Post Middle Kingdom Era: Revisiting the Second Intermediate Period of Ancient Egypt” at the 14th International Conference for Nubian Studies at the University of Paris-Sorbonne/Louvre Museum. Dr. Faraji is also a founding member of the Nubian Language Society and one of a handful of Nubiologists in the United States and the only Africana Studies scholar in the country who is also a Coptic Studies specialist. Professor Faraji is a contributor to Romans, Barbarians, and the Transformation of the Roman World, the Encyclopedia of African Religion, the Oxford Dictionary of African Biography and the author of The Roots of Nubian Christianity Uncovered: The Triumph of the Last Pharaoh.

Dr. Faraji has traveled and worked extensively on the African continent in such nations as Ghana, Burkina Faso, Egypt, Ethiopia and Namibia as both a scholar and activist-humanitarian. He has served as an external reviewer for the PhD in Management Science at the Harold Pupkewitz Graduate School of Business in the Namibia University of Science and Technology. He also presents a ministerial background and has served in the United Methodist and Unitarian Universalist Churches. As a theological pluralist and interfaith practitioner he is currently an ordained minister in the African Methodist Episcopal Church and a practicing African Traditional Priest-Initiate who has been initiated in both the Akan traditions of Ghana, West Africa and ancient Egyptian religious practice via the Ausar Auset Society and the House of Amen.

ACADEMIC PRESENTATIONS (2010-2020)

San Diego State University – Department of Africana Studies
Lecture Presentation: “The African Kingdom of Aksum: The Crossroads of the Ancient World” (February 2020), SDSU – San Diego, California

UC Santa Barbara – Department of Anthropology, Origins and Afterlives of Kush Conference
Lecture Presentation: “William Leo Hansberry Pioneer of Africana Nubiology: Toward a Transdisciplinary Nexus of Nubian Archaeology, Africana Studies & Africanist Scholarship” (July 2019), UC Santa Barbara – Santa Barbara, California

UCLA Cotsen Institute of Archaeology
Lecture Presentation: “Meroitic Kush and Rome: The Politics of Temple Piety and Religious Identities” (October 2018), UCLA – Los Angeles, California

8th Annual Pan African Global Trade and Investment Conference
Lecture Presentation: “Building an Africana International Studies Program: Pathways to Forging Global Trade & Foreign Investment in Africa & The Pan African Diaspora.” (September 2018), California State
University, Dominguez Hills – Carson, CA

14th International Conference for Nubian Studies
Lecture Presentation: “The Ascendancy of the Kushite Kingdom of Kerma in the Post Middle Kingdom Era: Revisiting the Second Intermediate Period of Ancient Egypt” (September 2018), The Musée du Louvre and Sorbonne University, Paris, France

42nd Annual Kawaida Institute for Pan African Studies Conference
Lecture Presentation: “Kawaida Theory and the Conceptualizing of Africana Religions” (July 2018), The African American Culture Center, Los Angeles, California

19th St. Shenouda-UCLA Conference of Coptic Studies
Lecture Presentation: “Osirian Motifs in the Martyrdom of St. Peter of Alexandria” (July 2018), UCLA, Los Angeles

Drew University Theological School - The Africana Studies Transdisciplinary Theological Colloquium
Lecture Presentation: “Toward an Africana Theory of Religion: Seeking out a Distinctive Disciplinary Schema for the Study of Religions in Africa and the African Diaspora.” (March 24-26, 2017), Madison, New Jersey

Penn State University College of Communications Office of Multicultural Affairs
Lecture Presentation: “From Ferguson to Africa: Dispensing with Race; Reclaiming Black Power.” (February 26, 2015), University Park, PA

Candler School of Theology, Emory University
Visiting Lecture Presentation for doctoral study course: African Moral Philosophy Directed Reading Course (February 18, 2015), Atlanta, Georgia

Twenty-Sixth Annual Cheik Anta Diop Conference
Lecture Presentation: “Cheik Anta Diop, Physics and the Consciousness of Sovereign Experience: Toward a New Africana Philosophy and the Re-Emergence of Sovereign Theology” (October 2014) Philadelphia, Penna.

13th International Conference for Nubian Studies
Lecture Presentation: “The Roots of Nubian Christianity Uncovered: A Reconsideration of the Ballana Tombs & the Significance of the Phonen Letter” (September 2014), University of Neuchâtel, Neuchâtel, Switzerland

16th St. Shenouda-UCLA Conference of Coptic Studies
Lecture Presentation: “The Failure of Diplomacy: A Reappraisal of the Nubian Kingdom of the Blemmyes in Besa's Life of Shenoute” (July 2014), UCLA, Los Angeles

Twenty-Fifth Annual Cheik Anta Diop Conference
Lecture Presentation: “Cheikh Anta Diop and the Centrality of Ancient Nubia as the Font of Classical Nile Valley Civilization.” (October 2013) Philadelphia, Penna.

15th St. Shenouda-UCLA Conference of Coptic Studies
Lecture Presentation: “Cyriacus The Triumphant Nubian King: Mimesis and the Reinvention of Classical Motifs in the “History of the Patriarchs of the Coptic Church of Alexandria” (July 2013), UCLA, Los Angeles

3rd Annual Pan African Global Trade and Investment Conference
Lecture Presentation: “Health, Justice and Food Sovereignty for Africa & People of African Descent;” “Aquaculture: Pathways to Food Security and Economic Development in Ghana, West Africa.” (October 2012), California State University, Dominguez Hills – Carson, CA

2nd Annual Pan African Global Trade and Investment Conference
Lecture Presentation: “Historic, Political and Economic Significance of Africa’s Tripartite Free Trade Agreement.” (October 2011), California State University, Dominguez Hills – Carson, CA

12th International Conference for Nubian Studies
Lecture Presentation: “Africana Nubiology: Examining Classical Sudanese Traditions in West Africa (August 2010), British Museum, London

BOOKS ENDORSED

Anthony Ephirim-Donkor, African Personality and Spirituality: The Role of Abosom and Human Essence, (Lexington, 2016)

Solange Ashby, Calling Out to Isis: The Enduring Nubian Presence at Philae, (Gorgias Press, 2020)

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

Books

Joachim Kügler, Pharaoh and Christ? Religious-Historical Investigation into the Question of a Connection between Ancient Egyptian Kingship Theology and the New Testament Christology in the Gospel of Luke, Salim Faraji, Managing Editor (Trenton: Africa World Press – Under Review)

The Roots of Nubian Christianity Uncovered: The Triumph of the Last Pharaoh; Religious Encounters in Late Antique Africa (Trenton: Africa World Press, 2012).

The Plan: A Guide for Women Raising African American Boys from Conception to College (Chicago: Third World Press, 2013)

The Plan Workbook: A Guide for Women Raising African American Boys from Conception to College (Chicago: Third World Press, 2013).

Encyclopedia & Reference Works

Salim Faraji. “Silko,” “Julian,” “Longinus,” “Ameniras,” “Arkamaniqo,” “Arkamani,” “Anlamani,” In Oxford Dictionary of African Biography. Edited by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Emmanuel Akyeampong. (New York & Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011).

Salim Faraji. “Atum.” & “Kingship” In Encyclopedia of African Religion. Edited by Molefi K. Asante & Ama Mazama (Sage, 2009).

Articles and Chapters

“Envisioning Africana Religions: Seeking a Distinctive Voice for the Study of Religions in Africa and the African Diaspora,” Africana Studies and Religion in a Transitional Age: A Transdisciplinary Theological Conversation eds., Aliou C. Niang, Kenneth Ngwa, Arthur Pressley (Fordham University Press, Forthcoming)

Déjà vu: The Crisis of the Black Intellectual Again: Ta-Nehisi Coates, Cornel West and the Omission of the Pan-Africanist Tradition” Global Research: Centre for Research on Globalization (January, 2018

“Savior King: Re-reading the Gospels as Greco-Africana Literature & Re-Imaging Christ as Messianic Pharaoh” in Albert Cleage Jr. and the Black Madonna Child, Jawanza Clark, ed., (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016)

“King Silko and the Roots of Nubian Christianity,” The Kushite World: Proceedings from the 11th International Conference for Meroitic Studies Vienna, 1-4 September 2008, ed. Michael H. Zach Beitrage zur Sudanforschung – Beiheft 9 (2015)

“Reversing Injustice: Combating the Criminality of an Apartheid State” Insights: The Faculty Journal of Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary Fall 2014

“Exploding the Myth of the Black Christian Past: What Can the New Black Church Learn From the Funeral Ceremony of Nelson Mandela” The Journal of Pan African Studies Vol.6, no.7, February (2014)

“Kush and Rome on the Egyptian Southern Frontier: Where Barbarians Worshipped as Romans and Romans Worshipped as Barbarians” in Romans, Barbarians, and the Transformation of the Roman World: Cultural Interaction and the Creation of Identity in Late Antiquity (Ashgate: 2011)

“Revisiting and Reconsidering AFRICOM under the Obama Administration: The Case of Ghana,” Ghanaweb July 12, 2009

“The Obama Administration: Revisiting and Reconsidering AFRICOM,” The Journal of Pan African Studies Vol. 2, no. 9 March (2009)

CONSULTING

SBX Youth & Family Services Sani/Mgbanwe Rites of Passage/ROP
Special assistant provided educational consulting services including program assessment review, curriculum design and pedagogical development for program training. (Riverside, CA 2020)

Whole Systems Learning – T.R.I.B.E. Program
Special assistant provided educational consulting services including program workshop/module facilitation, curriculum design and pedagogical development for program training. (Long Beach, CA 2017-2019)

Concordia University Irvine – Master of Arts International Studies Program-Africa
Consultant and Special Assistant to Executive Vice President and Provost - Program Designer & Curricula Developer, Master of Arts in International Studies – Africa Program Ghana (Irvine, CA 2014-2015)

Riverside County Department of Mental Health
Program workshop/module facilitation, curriculum design and pedagogical development for program training in Rites of Passage (Riverside, CA 2013)