Diana Lobel

Lobel_Feb 2011147 Bay State Road, Suite 507
Boston, MA 02215
T: 617.353.2863; F: 617.358.3087
E: dnlobel@bu.edu
Fall 2016 Office Hours: Mon/Wed/Fri 2:00-3:00; Tues/Thurs
3:30-4:30. Prefer appointments for all meetings.


Associate Professor and Associate Director of Graduate Studies in Religion, Ph.D., Harvard University (1995); MTS, Harvard Divinity School (1982); BA, Oberlin College (1979). Previously held Anna Smith Fine Chair in Judaic Studies, Department of Religious Studies, Rice University (1997-99); Harry Starr Fellow in Judaica, Center for Jewish Studies, Harvard University (1999-2000); Fellow at Meyerhoff Center for Jewish Studies, University of Maryland at College Park, Lecturer in University Honors Program (1996-97). Joined the Department of Religion in the fall of 2000.

Professor Lobel teaches comparative religious thought. Her teaching emphasizes interactions between philosophy and religion, close textual reading, and spirituality and religious experience. She is also fascinated by midrash––the dynamic and playful interpretation of the Bible––and the way religious traditions continually renew themselves through the ongoing process of interpretation. Professor Lobel’s early writing was on the impact of Sufi mysticism on Jewish philosophy. Her most recent book, The Quest for God and the Good: World Philosophy as a Living Experience (Columbia University Press, 2011) explores concepts of divinity and goodness across philosophical and religious traditions, East and West. Her current project continues the theme of Eastern and Western conceptions of happiness and the flourishing life, and includes thinkers such as Plato, Aristotle, and Chuang Tzu;  Stoic and Epicurean, Buddhist, and Confucian paths; and comparison with contemporary studies of mindfulness and happiness.

Current CV


The Quest for God and the GoodThe Quest for God and the Good: World Philosophy as a Living Experience
By Diana Lobel
Columbia University Press
July 2011
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A Sufi-Jewish Dialogue: Philosophy and Mysticism in Bahya Ibn Paquda’s Duties of the Heart.
By Diana Lobel
University of Pennsylvania Press
November 1, 2006
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Between Mysticism and Philosophy: Sufi Language of Religious Experience in Judah Ha-Levi’s Kuzari
By Diana Lobel
State University of New York Press
June 1, 2000
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  • RN 206 Scriptures in World Religions
  • RN 245 Religious Thought: the Quest for God and the Good/PH 245 Philosophy and Religion
  • RN 338 Mysticism and Philosophy: Jewish and Islamic Perspectives
  • RN 323 Classical Jewish Thought
  • RN 452 Topics in Religious Thought: Religious Thought, East and West
  • RN 452 Topics in Religious Thought: Happiness, East and West
  • RN 784  Core Texts and Motifs of World Religions-East