History of the Department

This Department was first known from its inception in 2009/2010 session as the Department of Religious Studies, briefly within the first semester (Harmattern) of 2010, as Department of Archeology, Religion and Heritage Studies, until in the second semester (Rain) of 2010/2011 session when it was changed to the Department of Islamic, Christian and Comparative Religious Studies to create distinction from others before it. As such, the Department was founded along with the commencement of the University. It runs B.A. Degrees in both Islamic and Christian Studies with the hope to add B.A. Comparative Religious Studies and begin its postgraduate programmes shortly. The Department started with the first set of students who were eight in number for Islamic Studies and two for Christian Studies programmes respectively. The Department took off with only four members of academic staff; Professor Sulaiman Jamiu who was on sabbatical leave from Bayero University, Kano as pioneer Head Of Department and later joined it permanently; Dr Abdulateef Oladimeji, an adjunct lecturer from Al-Hikmah University, Ilorin, Dr. (Mrs.) Lydia B. Akande and Mall. Sulaiman S. Adua, who were both from Kwara State College of Education, Ilorin. Later, also at the early inception of the Department, Professor R.A. Akanmidu and Dr. R.W. Omotoye from the University of Ilorin joined the crew of academic staff as adjunct lecturers respectively. This put the total number of the academic staff to six in three equal proportions for the two programmes. However, more personnel later came on board through either sabbatical, adjunct or contract appointments. This handful of dedicated members of academic staff did and still doing wonderful job to make the department great. One of the achievements of the department was to be a pace setter for others to follow by being the first to organize the first successful National Conference in the University in October 18 -22 2010.