March 9, 2017

Prof. Maffly-Kipp Visiting Scholar at the University of Auckland

Religious Studies director, Prof. Laurie Maffly-Kipp, will be a Visiting Scholar at the University of Auckland from March 13th to 27th.  During her two week visit, she will be visiting classes as well as meeting with students and faculty. The visit will conclude with Prof. Maffly-Kipp participating in a public symposium titled “Resistance and Innovation: Empire and Native Christianity in the Pacific.” The symposium brings together twenty scholars of Christianity from New Zealand and international institutions who represent a variety of disciplines to examine the cultural dynamics of the interaction between native peoples and transplanted Christian churches in the Pacific region. In Christian communities ranging from the Congregational Christians Church Samoa to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) there is a dynamic tension between centralized and localized religious culture. This has created forms of lived religion both distinctively rooted in native culture and intimately linked to wider transnational networks of Christian communities, personalities, texts, and symbols. The exploration of this topic will culminate with a public panel, featuring Prof. Maffly-Kipp, titled “Does Christ have a culture? Christianity, colonialism, and the Pacific.”

February 21, 2017

Spring 17 Religious Studies Newsletter Published

The latest edition of the Religious Studies' newsletter is now available. Download the latest issue here.


From the Newsletter: A Word from the Director


The study of religion has never been as critical as it is today. With religious intolerance on the rise here and around the world, our goal is to equip students to think critically and deeply about the traditions, practices, and tensions that have shaped the world in which we live. At the same time, the Program in Religious Studies seeks to champion the commitments to diversity, support, and inclusion that Washington University embodies. ...Click here to read more

January 30, 2017

Prof. Lerone Martin’s book honored by American Society of Church History

Prof. Lerone Martin has been awarded the prestigious Frank S. and Elizabeth D. Brewer Prize of the American Society of Church History (ASCH) for his book Preaching on Wax: The Phonograph and the Shaping of Modern African American Religion (New York University Press, 2014). The prize honors outstanding scholarship in religious history by a first-time author.

Congratulations Prof. Lerone Martin!

About Religious Studies

…if I headed back to college today, I would major in comparative religions rather than political science." - John Kerry, “Religion and Diplomacy


Religion is a major source of inspiration, meaning, and controversy in human societies. Fast-moving forces of globalization, migration, and technology continue to bring diverse communities into closer proximity, often creating new religious communities in the process. The Religious Studies Program at Washington University gives students the opportunity to learn about diverse religions as well as to study past and current events with a critical but open mind. ...Click here to read more

Upcoming Events

March 24, 2017 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Drop in for Coffee Hour

Busch Hall, room 109

Religious Studies invites you to drop in for coffee. Stop by for a cup of coffee/tea fresh brewed in the office Keurig, grab a snack, and visit with faculty and students.

No RSVPs needed. Please feel free to stop in any time between 10-12 and stay as long (or as short) as your schedule allows.

March 27, 2017 - 5:30pm

Biblical Themes, Muslim Artists

Prof. G. John Renard
Kemper Art Museum, Room 103

Illustrated versions of a wide variety of texts created by and for Muslims of Medieval and Early Modern times include scores of images of scenes with Biblical resonances. These works range from “Universal Histories” to “Tales of the Prophets” to intriguing sectarian works like the “Falname,” and even royal picture albums unattached to text. This rich record of Muslim artistic renderings of themes mutually interesting to Muslims, Christians, and (in many instances) Jews, offers a window into both cultural tastes and “visual exegesis” as painters working for Muslim patrons reveals unique perspectives on their subjects. Examples come from across the full breadth of the “Persianate Realm,” from Turkey through the Central Middle East, across Iran and as far east as Delhi.