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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

PSCO Opening Lecture by Yael Fisch, Title TBA

PSCO Lecture
Yael Fisch (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
Sep 28, 2023 at -

The opening lecture of the Philadelphia Seminar on Christian Origins. Note that there will be a dinner before the lecture, starting at 5:30pm; the lecture will start at 6:30pm.

This meeting will be in-person…

Candace Lukasik, "Martyrs and Migrants: Coptic Christians and the Transnational Politics of Persecution"

Religious Studies – SNF Paideia Special Lecture
Candace Lukasik (Mississippi State University)
Oct 10, 2023 at - | Cohen Hall 402

Shuttling back and forth across sites of transnational migration between Egypt and the United States, this talk examines how American religious imaginaries of global Christian persecution have remapped Coptic…

Seema Golestaneh, "Unknowing of Place: Wandering, Listening and Sufi Epistemologies in Iran"

RELS Colloquium
Seema Golestaneh (Cornell University)
Oct 26, 2023 at - | Cohen 204

As authorities continue to frown upon public gatherings, Sufis in Iran have sought alternative methods of convening that allow them to maintain spaces of autonomy…