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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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Kecia Ali to participate in The Shari’a Project: A UK-Netherlands Islamic Legal Studies Network

November 6th, 2013 in Uncategorized.

On Friday 15 and Saturday 16 November 2013, the University of Exeter, together with LUCIS organises its third workshop on Islamic Legal Studies of the Sharia Project. Visiting scholar: Professor Kecia Ali. Venue: (15th of November) Gravensteen, room 011. (16th of November) Lipsius, room 147. Time: 09.00-17.30……..more.

David Frankfurter will deliver the Martin Classical Lectures at Oberlin College.

October 8th, 2013 in Uncategorized.


Christianizing Egypt: Syncretism and Local Worlds
Monday, Nov. 4 at 7:30 p.m. Re-Modelling the Christianization of Egypt
Tuesday, Nov. 5 at 7:30 p.m. Domestic Religion and Religious Change
Thursday, Nov. 7 at 7:30 p.m. A Site of Blessings, Dreams, and Wonders:
The Egyptian Saint’s Shrine as Crucible of Christianization
Friday, Nov. 8 at 4:30 p.m. Whispering Spirits, Holy Processions:
Christianizing the Egyptian Religious Landscape

For more information visit the website.

Kecia Ali to speak at Museum of Fine Arts Event

October 7th, 2013 in Uncategorized.

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Voices of the Qur’an

Many of us think of the Qur’an as a written text, but in fact it has always been primarily a recited oral scripture. After a brief look at the religious and historical background of Qur’anic recitation with professor Kecia Ali of Boston University, hear three accomplished reciters from the Boston area give voice to selected passages from the sacred text of Islam, and learn what it means to them to chant these verses aloud.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Remis Auditorium, 161

Kecia Ali, associate professor, Religion, Boston University
Naila Ali Baloch, Muslim Chaplin, Tufts University
Mohiuddin Khan, Islamic Center of Boston, Wayland
Kamal Youcef-Toumi, professor, Mechanical Engineering, MIT
Laura Weinstein, Ananda Coomaraswamy Curator of South Asian and Islamic Art

Find out more about the current exhibition “Sacred Pages: Conversations About the Qur’an.”

To order tickets by phone, call 1-800-440-6975; to order in person, visit any MFA ticket desk.
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Frank Korom to speak at Dravidian University

September 4th, 2013 in Uncategorized.

At the invitation of the Vice Chancellor, Frank Korom will give the annual Foundation Day lecture at Dravidian University in Andhra Pradesh, India on October 20. His topic will be Dravidian Sufism, which will compare and contrast the practice of Sufism in north and south India, arguing that there is a distinct form of Sufism practiced in the south that can be termed Dravidian.

Emily Hudson wins AAR Book Award!!

August 12th, 2013 in Uncategorized.

2013 American Academy of Religion Book Awards Announced

The American Academy of Religion (AAR) has selected the 2013 recipients of the Awards for Excellence in the Study of Religion and the Best First Book in the History of Religions:

9780199860784Award for Excellence in Religion: Textual Studies
Emily T. Hudson, Boston University
Disorienting Dharma: Ethics and the Aesthetics of Suffering in the Mahabharata
Oxford University Press, 2012

The Awards for Excellence and Best First Book in the History of Religions recognize new scholarly publications that make significant contributions to the study of religion. The awards honor books of distinctive originality, intelligence, creativity, and importance; books that affect decisively how religion is examined, understood, and interpreted. For more information, please visit Awards will be presented at the AAR’s 2013 Annual Meeting in Baltimore, Maryland on Sunday, November 24, 2013, 8:00–9:30 PM.

Founded in 1909, the American Academy of Religion is the world’s largest association of religion scholars. Its mission is to foster excellence in the study of religion by promoting research, publishing, and teaching about religion in academia. As a learned society and professional association of teachers and research scholars, the AAR has about 9,000 members who teach in some 900 colleges, universities, seminaries, and schools in North America and abroad. The Academy is dedicated to furthering knowledge of religion and religious institutions in all their forms and manifestations. This is accomplished through Academy-wide and regional conferences and meetings, publications, programs, and membership services.