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David Frankfurter in BU Today.

April 9th, 2014 in Uncategorized

Are Christians the Most Persecuted Religious Group?

New book says yes, but CAS scholar disagrees

David Frankfurter BU TodayFrom the slaughter of 60 Catholic priests by Iraqi Islamists four years ago to what one historian calls “hellish concentration camps for Christians” in Eritrea, journalist John Allen sees followers of Jesus as “indisputably…the most persecuted religious body on the planet.” So he writes in his latest book, The Global War on Christians (Random House, 2013), which cites such authorities as the International Society for Human Rights, noting that the group identifies 80 percent of religious freedom violations worldwide as targeting Christians. Read more

April 9: Celebrate the publication of Gina Cogan’s new book.

April 9th, 2014 in Uncategorized

The Princess Nun: Bunchi, Buddhist Reform, and Gender in Early Edo Japan

Princess Nun
By Gina Cogan
Harvard University Asia Center
March 3, 2014
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Wednesday, April 9
4:00 PM
WGS Sitting Room
704 Commonwealth Avenue

Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies Program

Heidegger: A Nazi? BU Visiting Professor Thomas Meyer weighs in.

March 31st, 2014 in Uncategorized

Heidegger’s Notebooks Renew Focus on Anti-Semitism


The philosopher Martin Heidegger, circa 1933. Credit Corbis


It has long been one of the most contentious questions in 20th-century intellectual history: Just how much, and what kind, of a Nazi was the German philosopher Martin Heidegger? Read more


Deeana Klepper lectures at UConn

March 11th, 2014 in Uncategorized

Boston University professor gives lecture on Christianity and Judaism in medieval Europe
By Carles Lopez, Campus Correspondent

Monday March 10, the 4th–lecture of the yearlong series about the relationship between Jews and Christians, “Exile in the Eye of the Beholder, Jews, Christians and the Embrace of Exile in Medieval Europe.” The lecturer, Deeana Klepper, an associate professor of religion studies at Boston University spoke about how Jews and Christians experienced and interpreted exile throughout medieval Europe.

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Kecia Ali to lecture at Macalester College

March 5th, 2014 in Uncategorized

Kecia Ali will deliver the Arnold Lowe Lecture at Macalester College on March 9. The title of her talk is “The Lives of Muhammad.”‘



Frank Korom elected to be a Research Fellow

February 28th, 2014 in Uncategorized

Frank Korom has been elected to be a Research Fellow at the Anthropological Institute of Nanzan University in Japan. Read more at the Institute’s website here:

Stephen Prothero, ” The American Bible: How Our Words Unite, Divide, and Define a Nation”

February 11th, 2014 in Uncategorized

February 27, 2014 7:00 PM
213 Bay State Road, BU Hillel House, 2nd Floor

In this Discoveries Series lecture, based on his recent book, The American Bible, Stephen Prothero argues that the United States is more Jewish than Christian, held together not by a common creed but by a common conversation about the speeches and songs, letters and novels we hold “sacred.” Along with excerpts from the writings of Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, and King, “The American Bible” includes (in the spirit of the Talmud) extensive commentaries on these American “scriptures.”
Stephen Prothero is a Professor of Religion at Boston University specializing in American religions. He received his BA from Yale College in American Studies and his MA and PhD from Harvard University in the Study of Religion.

A historian of American religions, Professor Prothero has written six books, including The White Buddhist: The Asian Odyssey of Henry Steel Olcott (Indiana University Press, 1996), which won the Best First Book award of the American Academy of Religion in 1997. His book Religious Literacy: What Every American Needs to Know–and Doesn’t (HarperOne, 2007) was a New York Times bestseller.

In addition to his scholarly work, Prothero has written for a variety of popular magazines and newspapers, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Newsweek, Slate, Salon, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times and Boston Globe. He has commented on religion on NPR and on such television programs as The Colbert Report, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, The Oprah Winfrey Show, The O’Reilly Factor, and The Today Show.

Job market stable for religion majors, study suggests

January 30th, 2014 in Uncategorized

Daily Free Press article written by Alyssa Ciofani.
January 29, 2014

Students majoring in religious studies at institutions of higher education such as Boston University will likely face more job prospects than they would have in the early 2000s upon graduating, according to a recent report. Read More….




February 20, 2014

November 25th, 2013 in Uncategorized

Department of Religion 18th Annual Lecture

Carl W. Ernst

“How to Read the Qur’an”

2-20 lecture flyer



Listen to Teena Purohit’s interview on New Books in Islamic Studies.

November 18th, 2013 in Uncategorized

The Aga Khan Case: Religion and Identity in Colonial India.

Harvard University Press, 2012

How does colonial power, both discursive and institutional, transform the normative boundaries and horizons of religious identities? Teena Purohit, Assistant Professor of Religion at Boston University, examines this question in The Aga Khan Case: Religion and Identity in Colonial India (Harvard University Press, 2012). This book is clearly written and carefully researched straddling multiples fields and disciplinary approaches. The crux of the study is the transformation of Khoja Isma’ili identity in colonial India. ……….more.

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Aga Khan Case

The Aga Khan Case: Religion and Identity in Colonial India
By: Teena Purohit
Harvard University Press, 2012
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