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With particular strengths in the study of Christianity, Judaism, American religions, Islam, secularism, Buddhism, and other Asian religions, the Department of Religious Studies emphasizes descriptive, historical, and theoretical approaches to the study of religion.

Upcoming Events



Book Celebration: Jolyon Baraka Thomas, Faking Liberties: Religious Freedom in American-Occupied Japan

Jolyon Thomas, University of Pennsylvania
Jan 21, 2021 at -

A celebration of Professor Thomas's 2019 University of Chicago Press book, which received an Award for Excellence in the Study of Religion (Analytical-Descriptive Studies) from the American Academy of Religion in…



Is the Talmud Racist?

Mira Wasserman, Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, & Steve Weitzman, University of Pennsylvania
Jan 28, 2021 at -

A talk in the "Jews, Race, and Religion" speaker series



Zakhor: Alex Haley’s Roots, Scriptures, and the Race for America

Richard Newton, University of Alabama
Feb 4, 2021 at -

A talk in the "Jews, Race, and Religion," lecture series.