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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 Launch: Reyhan Durmaz, Stories between Christianity and Islam

A Conversation with Barbara H. Roggema
Jan 19, 2023 at - | Zoom link TBA soon

Stories between Christianity and Islam offers an original and nuanced understanding of Christian–Muslim relations that shifts focus from discussions of superiority, conflict, and appropriation to the living…



Roundtable: Applying the Religious Studies PhD beyond the Professoriate

Rebecca Mendelson (Duke RELS PhD '20), Japanese Studies Librarian, Penn Libraries
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Rose Muravchick (Penn RELS PhD '14), Associate Director of Educational Development, Center for Teaching and Learning, University of Delaware
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Alex Ramos (Penn RELS PhD '17), Production Editor, Penn State University Press
Jan 26, 2023 at -

This roundtable workshop for current PhD students in RELS and adjacent fields features remarks by three people with religious studies PhDs who have applied their humanistic skills to jobs in academic book publication…



Colloquium: "The Muslim Difference: Defining the Line between Believers and Unbelievers from Early Islam to the Present"

Youshaa Patel
Feb 2, 2023 at - | Cohen 204

How did Muslims across time and place define the line between themselves and their neighbors? Youshaa Patel explores why the Prophet Muhammad first advised his followers to emulate Christians and Jews, but then…