What is known today as the Department of Religions was established as one of the foundation departments of the University with the name “Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies” on October 25th 1976. The change of name was effected in 1977 when Christian Studies was added to the number of courses offered in the department.

The foundation Lecturers were three; a reader, an assistant lecturer and a graduate assistant. These were joined within four years by five other lecturers who taught Islamic Studies and Arabic together. At the moment we have 20 lecturers, over 400 undergraduate students and about 70 postgraduate students.
The department now runs three academic programmes: Christian Religious Studies, Comparative Religious Studies and Islamic Religious Studies.

Research Interest of Professors-Department of Religions

(i)      Professor Oyeronke Olademo

History of Religion/Comparative Religious Studies with particular emphasis on culture and women in society. Her research is focused primarily on Yoruba religion and Christianity.

(ii)  Professor Yasir Anjola Quadri

Islamic thought with special focus on Sufism, philosophy and ethics.

(iii)  Professor R.A.  Akanmidu

Philosophy, Ethics and Phenomenology

(iv)  Professor Is-haq Olanrewaju  Oloyede

 Islamic Law and Jurisprudence, interfaith dialogue and conflict resolution.

(v) Professor Yahya Oyewole Imam

Islamic Law and Jurisprudence, interfaith dialogue and religion and science

(vi)      Professor Badmas, Olanrewaju Yusuf

Science of the Glorious Qur’an, Dialogue, Peace and Conflict Resolution as well as history of Islamic movement.

(v)       Professor  Rotimi Williams Omotoye

Church History, African Christianity, Pentecostal Churches, Ecumenical Movements and Inter-religious relations.

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Professor Rotimi Williams OMOTOYE

Rotimi Williams Omotoye is a Professor of Christian Studies. His areas of specialization are Church History, African Christianity, PentecostalChurches, Ecumenical Movements and Inter-religious relations. He is currently the representative of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between University of Ilorin, Ilorin and University of Georgia, Athens, United States of America. He is also representing the Faculty of Arts at the University of Ilorin’s Ethical Research Committee. He has published many articles in International, National and Local books and Journals and he has attended many International, National and Local conferences and workshops. Professor Omotoye attended Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife where he obtained his first and second degrees in Religious Studies. He obtained his PhD at the University of Ibadan, Ibadan and attended the Ecumenical Institute, Bossey, Switzerland for a Diploma in Ecumenical Studies in 2000. He served as a Registrar at Christ International Divinity College, Erinmo Ijesa, and a Lecturer at the Department of Religious Studies, Osun State College of Education, Ilesa before he moved to the Department of Religions, University of Ilorin in 1994 as an Assistant Lecturer. He rose through the ranks and became a Professor in 2012. He was an Acting Head of Department of Religions in 2007/2008. He presented the One Hundred and Fifty-Ninth (159th) Inaugural Lecture entitled: “Christianity as a Catalyst for Socio-economic and Political Change in Yorubaland, Nigeria: An Account of a Church Historian” in 2015.Professor Omotoye was the immediate past President of the University of Ilorin Union Cooperative Society and a Director of the Unilorin Microfinance Bank.  He is a Clergy of Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion, Kwara Diocese. He is the Vicar of Saint Paul’s Anglican Church, Baboko and Archdeacon of Ilorin Archdeaconry.