About Us

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

Vaughn Booker, Title TBA

RELS Colloquium
Vaughn Booker (Africana Studies, Penn)
Jan 25, 2024 at - | Cohen 204

Vaughn A. Booker is the George E. Doty, Jr. and Lee Spelman Doty Presidential Associate Professor of Africana Studies. He comes to Penn from Dartmouth College, where he was Associate Professor of…

Laura Nasrallah, Title TBA

RELS Colloquium
Laura Nasrallah, Yale Divinity School
Feb 1, 2024 at - | Cohen 204

Laura Nasrallah’s research and teaching bring together New Testament and early Christian literature with the archaeological remains of the Mediterranean world, and often engage issues of colonialism…

Rebuilding Community: Displaced Women and the Making of a Shia Ismaili Muslim Sociality

RELS Colloquium/Global Islamic Studies Lecture
Shenila Khoja-Moolji, Georgetown University
Feb 15, 2024 at - | Cohen 204

Over the course of the twentieth century, Shia Ismaili Muslim communities were repeatedly displaced. How, in the aftermath of these displacements, did they remake their communities? Professor Shenila Khoja-Moolji…