https://www.syncsci.com/journal/IJAH/issue/feed International Journal of Arts and Humanities 2022-10-20T13:48:11+08:00 Snowy Wang snowy.wang@syncsci.com Open Journal Systems <p><a title="Registered Journal" href="https://www.reviewercredits.com/user/int-j-arts-humanit" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="journalreviewercredits" src="/journal/public/site/images/jasongong/Logo_ReviewerCredits-journal.jpg" alt="ReviewerCredits" align="right"></a><strong>International Journal of Arts and Humanities</strong> (<strong>IJAH</strong>) <strong>(ISSN: 2661-4928)&nbsp;</strong>is an open access, continuously published, international, refereed&nbsp; journal publishing high quality, peer-reviewed articles that bring critical research to the fore and stimulate debate. Serve the community of arts and humanities educators and researchers around the world, by publishing significant opinion and research into contemporary issues of teaching and learning within the domain.</p> <p>Topics of interest include, but are not limited to the following:<br> • Culture, Media &amp; Film<br> • Digital Humanities<br> • History<br> • Literature, Linguistics &amp; Criticism<br> • Philosophy &amp; Religion<br> • Visual &amp; Performing Arts<br>• etc.</p> https://www.syncsci.com/journal/IJAH/article/view/IJAH.2022.01.005 Measuring university performance in Tanzania: A comparative analysis of market orientation scales 2022-10-20T13:48:11+08:00 Ramadhani Kitwana Dau ramadau@gmail.com Huda Ahmed Yussuf hudayssf@gmail.com <p>This study makes a comparison between a well- established tool for measuring market orientation (MKTOR) with a new tool especially designed for measuring university performance, <em>i.e.</em>, University MARKOR. Data were collected from 212 private and public universities across Tanzania and were an analyzed using AMOS 22.&nbsp; A response rate of 58.2% was achieved and considered adequate.&nbsp; The findings show that both scales demonstrated good model fit. Consistent with previous studies University MARKOR has demonstrated superior psychometric properties than MKTOR.Strong leadership is needed at universities in order to identify new sources of funding and reduce their dependence on traditional sources such as school fees, subventions and grants. A major contribution of this study is that it is the first ever study in Africa which is pan territorial involving both private and public universities that has tested the robustness of market orientation scales.</p> 2022-10-20T13:48:10+08:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## https://www.syncsci.com/journal/IJAH/article/view/IJAH.2022.01.004 The return of the woman corpse in the funeral rites of the Urhobo and Isoko culture of Nigeria in historical perspective 2022-10-09T09:15:42+08:00 Uwomano Benjamin Okpevra okpevra@delsu.edu.ng <p>This paper aimed at interrogating the changes and continuity in an aspect of the Funeral rites of the Urhobo and Isoko of the Niger Delta of Nigeria. It critically examine the practice of returning the corpse of the married woman to the homestead of her family rather than bury her in her husband’s homestead. This practice has over the years been questioned and interrogated and calls for scrutiny. The paper argues that social change factors and processes have introduced continuous changes in the Urhobo and Isoko with regards to the funeral ceremony and have greatly been affected. The practice has been perceived as that which promotes Patriarchal dominance. The paper adopts the historical and analytical model, deploying both primary and secondary data in interrogating the practice of returning the corpse of the married woman to the homestead of her family rather than bury her in her husband’s homestead and avers that if not properly handled, it could affect intergroup relation. The paper, therefore, concludes that this trend is posing a serious threat to peaceful and harmonious intergroup relation among families that indulged in inter-tribal marriage. It recommends among others, that the Urhobo and Isoko should be re-socialized properly to flow with modernity in this aspect of their culture.</p> 2022-10-07T15:55:57+08:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## https://www.syncsci.com/journal/IJAH/article/view/IJAH.2022.01.003 From a critical perspective: The defects of Hong Kong comedy since the 1950s 2022-09-22T13:48:58+08:00 Moshan Guo mguo1@smail.uni-koeln.de <p>This paper elucidates the defects of Hong Kong comedy since the 1950s with regard to five aspects: the inflexibility of structure, the obviousness of theme, the drawback of the plot, the slapstick style and the vulgarity of taste. The story and the characters are relatively stereotypical and rigid in terms of structure. The dialogue and the camera angles are straightforward and obvious in the way that they express the theme. With regard to the plot, the structural design is simplistic and lacking in depth and nuance. Their characteristic slapstick style is expressed through the liveliness and nonsense of folk discourse. They are typically in vulgar taste, which finds expression in the customs, imagery and language of carnivalesque civic culture. The Hong Kong comedy genre has a very strong aesthetic tradition and has performed brilliantly in a commercial sense, but filmmakers need to recognize and introspect on its shortcomings, with a view to improving the aesthetic quality of Hong Kong comedy films and Chinese comedy films more generally.</p> 2022-09-21T16:02:12+08:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## https://www.syncsci.com/journal/IJAH/article/view/IJAH.2022.01.002 Nigerian theatre in a digital era and environment 2022-08-29T16:40:05+08:00 Aghogho Lucky Imiti laimiti@delsu.edu.ng <p>Theatre, the earliest form of entertainment and enlightenment in Nigeria, is becoming a ghost of itself as a result of its inability to take on the colouration of the times. Some scholars are of the view that there should be a revival of the theatre by establishing more theatre while it remains bonded to its functional root, the live stage, because of its uniqueness. This study examined the likelihood of this renaissance and its survival in the face of the deluge of other media of entertainment in a digitally advanced era and environment. The study relied on the Media Displacement Theory, MDT, which explains a paradigm shift in an individual's use of new media by discarding the preceding one. Using in-depth interviews and Focus Group Discussions, FGD, the study revealed that live theatre-going culture has become unpopular with the Nigerian audience as a result of digital technology and sundry circumstances in recent times, which include insecurity and the COVID-19 outbreak that negates public gathering. The paper advanced that Nigerian theatre cannot afford to remain glued to its roots in a technologically digitalised environment or society, but has to evolve.</p> 2022-08-29T16:18:40+08:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## https://www.syncsci.com/journal/IJAH/article/view/IJAH.2022.01.001 Good and God: The Enlightenment Projects in Europe and China 2022-04-15T16:45:06+08:00 Keekok Lee keekok.lee@manchester.ac.uk <p>This paper will explore the following themes: (1) To argue that the concepts of Good and God belong to distinctly different discourses – the former to ethics or moral philosophy, the latter to religion; (2) There is no necessary logical link between Good and God; (3) Far from God logically preceding Good, it is Good which logically precedes God and guarantees its existence as a supernatural entity; (4) From above it follows that a society can be moral and not subscribe to a religion which postulates the existence of God as a supernatural entity; (5) Chinese history, its culture and its civilisation which have lasted and continues to endure for at least two and a half thousand years constitutes a refutation of the thesis that there can be no morality without religion and that a society resting solely on Good and not God could survive; (6) European Enlightenment which occurred in the 18th century is about dispensing with God and religion, ushering in secularism and humanism as an alternative philosophical foundation for society; (7) The Chinese has been secular and humanistic since the Spring and Autumn period when Kongzi and other philosophers lived and taught. This means that the Chinese Enlightenment Project has occurred, more than two thousand years before the European Enlightenment Project; (8) Furthermore, there is compelling circumstantial evidence that the Chinese Project could have played a role in the emergence of the European Project via the Jesuit route of knowledge transmission from the East to the West.</p> 2022-03-30T00:00:00+08:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## https://www.syncsci.com/journal/IJAH/article/view/IJAH.2021.01.004 Epistemic value of transmitted reports (hadiths) in Shi'ism 2022-03-03T18:16:06+08:00 Seyyed Khalil Toussi ktoussi@hotmail.com <p>Unit-report (al-khabar al-wahid/pl. al-akhbar al-ahad) constitute almost all transmitted reports (hadiths) compendiums in Islam. Still, there are numerous arguments about the scope of their authenticity among Muslim scholars (‘ulama). The present paper focusing on Shi‘ism (Imamism) first addresses the doctrines of the significant theologians and jurists of the school of Baghdad in the early centuries of Shi‘a-Islam, the school of Hilla in the middle centuries, and 14th century Shi‘a scholars on the epistemological status of al-akhbar al- ahad. It then will explore the central importance of ‘certitude’ (yaqin) in setting up the criteria of the authenticity of the hadiths among the early Imami scholars. This topic is naturally involved with the historical dispute of Usuli jurists and Akhbari. After examining the rationale of the authenticity of unit-report in the legal process and jurisprudence, the paper will deal with a substantial question: was the unit-report among the founder of Imami’s doctrines an authentic and reliable source in other sciences like kalam, divine metaphysics, experimental sciences, e.g. medicine (tibb), economic, sociology, politics and astronomy, or in the issues like the creation of the universe and ontological status of Prophet and Imams?</p> 2022-02-16T00:00:00+08:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## https://www.syncsci.com/journal/IJAH/article/view/IJAH.2021.01.003 On Music and Soul: Coltrane’s My Favorite Things, LeRoi Jones' Black Music and Adorno's papers on Jazz 2022-01-19T09:34:01+08:00 Wilfried Allaerts allae002@planet.nl <p>In this review, we elaborate on the contrasts between Theodor W. Adorno’s philosophy of New Music and E. LeRoi Jones’ reports on the Avant-Garde of Jazz in <em>Black Music</em>. Whereas Adorno’s papers on jazz nowadays are considered at least inadequate to describe the post-war developments in jazz, and, according to some, rather refer to the German salon music of the Weimar Republic, an interesting key figure of the emancipation of jazz is found in John Coltrane’s music. In Coltrane’s version of <em>My Favorite Things,</em> an audaciously musical and conceptual link is found between the popular music of the Broadway musical, the avant-garde of jazz and a famous masterpiece of the Baroque era. Consequently, building upon a statement by Blaise Pascal, the notion of passion in music – in contrast with the notion of boredom - is analyzed in relation to the personality structure of gifted individuals, as described by Kazimierz Dąbrowski and followers.</p> 2022-01-18T15:19:05+08:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## https://www.syncsci.com/journal/IJAH/article/view/IJAH.2021.01.002 On Music and Computability: Contrasts between Harry Partch’s Bitter Music and Guerino Mazzola’s Topos of Music 2021-10-14T16:53:56+08:00 Wilfried Allaerts allae002@planet.nl <p>The clash of ideas between classical music and several avant-garde movements in the previous century, not only found its way into twentieth century musicology, it also lead to a number of new developments in music digitalization. This paper reflects on the inscription of these opposing ideas about the concept of music into the contemporary views on the human condition and the notion of computability of human interactions. Harry Partch, the American iconoclast broke away from the classic, predominantly European traditions in music, and contested the abstract architecture and well-tempered tonal system of it. The mathematician Guerrino Mazzola constructed an even bigger, abstract formalization system, that allegedly allows for a complete digitalization of music, from the mind and inner ear of the composer towards the scores, the gestures and sounds produced by the performers up to the auditory cortex of the listeners. In this paper we will mainly investigate the philosophical and musicological basis of this formalization system, which is essentially based on the Denotator system and a number of concepts from algebraic topology applied to music. Finally, we will unravel the typical de-humanizing aspects that are followed in the digitalization system as used by Mazzola, and what this approach implicates for humanity (and the human sciences).</p> 2021-10-14T16:28:30+08:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## https://www.syncsci.com/journal/IJAH/article/view/IJAH.2021.01.001 Magic realism and science fiction: Salman Rushdie’s inter-generic writing 2021-06-28T10:58:28+08:00 Xiaohong Zhang drzhangxh@126.com Peiyi Ou editor@syncsci.com <p>Salman Rushdie’s fiction is well-known for its abundant mixes of magic realist and science fiction textual elements. By resorting to three writing strategies, namely “meta-writing,” “split-writing” and writing about identity-related issues, Rushdie generates a type of “inter-generic writing” that serves to voice authorial appeals for hybridity, impurity and plurality. Meta-writing is an authorial construction of the neo-historicist verisimilitude justifying the&nbsp;legitimacy and self-sufficiency of literary writing. Split-writing reveals “the alterity of selves,” thus advocating tolerance and pluralism. Writing about identity-related issues is no less than a politicized identity construction, in the quest for multiple postcolonial subjectivities in the “Third Space.”</p> 2021-06-28T10:39:05+08:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## https://www.syncsci.com/journal/IJAH/article/view/IJAH.2020.01.006 On the evolution of the architectural style of Tao Fong Shan 2022-04-08T11:41:18+08:00 Hong Shen hshen_72@126.com <p>The characteristic architectural style of Tao Fong Shan in Hong Kong is unique in the sense that this Christian institution looks exactly like a traditional Chinese Buddhist monastery. What kind of secret exists behind this seemingly uncoordinated appearance? The two names of Karl Ludvig Reichelt and Johannes Prip-Møller are closely connected with Tao Fong Shan buildings, but few people know how exactly the Norwegian founder of The Christian Church for China’s Buddhists met and cooperated with the Danish architect in designing these buildings. The present paper is an effort to retrace the initial vision of architectural style for Tao Fong Shan shared by Reichelt and Prip-Møller, as well as the evolution of the later designs at different stages. Reichelt found many common features between Chinese Buddhism and the Gospel of John in New Testament. In order to promote the missionary work among China’s Buddhists, he tried to create an environment in which the inquiring Buddhists would find it comfortable and at ease. Reichelt’s another contribution is in raising money for the construction of Tao Fung Shan buildings. His method of crowd funding proved to be practical and effective. Prip-Møller had ten years’ experiences of working in China and was a top-notch expert in China’s Buddhist architecture. His professional expertise has ensured that Reichelt’s idea of combining the traditional Chinese Buddhist architectural style and the Christian nature of Tao Fong Shan buildings could be eventually realized.</p> 2020-12-10T16:55:15+08:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement##