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Tracing Manjusri: How an Indian Bodhisattva became a Permanent Resident of China

The Department of Religious Studies is pleased to present Dr. Paul Harrison the George Edwin Burnell Chair in Religious Studies at Stanford University as a Hooker Distinguished Visiting Professor on Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at 7 p.m.
Sep 05, 2017

9 interesting and unexpected courses for 2017-18

Don’t get stuck in stereotypes. Religious Studies isn’t about preparing to join a religious order. It’s an interdisciplinary field where we critically explore and analyze religion, culture, and diversity. Discover some of the most interesting and intriguing classes of 2017-18.
Aug 17, 2017

Death: A Part of Life

Religious Studies and Anthropology professor Ellen Badone in a panel discussion on CHML's Bill Kelly Show in their series on Death: A Part of Life which is being produced in partnership with the Bob Kemp Hospice.
Jun 27, 2017

Dr. Hanna Tervanotko joins the Department of Religious Studies

Dr. Tervanotko joins McMaster's Department of Religious Studies in the Fall of 2017. Her interests include women in antiquity, Qumran, and Jewish interpretation of scripture.
Jun 23, 2017

Department writing retreat a huge success

Last month the Religious Studies Department hosted an all-day writing retreat for graduate students.
Jun 19, 2017

Celebrating 33 years of service. Dr. Stephen Westerholm retires.

The Department of Religious Studies recently celebrated Dr. Stephen Westerholm's lengthy career and 33 years of service to McMaster University.
May 11, 2017

Spring-Summer courses offered in Religious Studies

From learning how to become a critical consumers of news to the lighter side of religion. The Religious Studies Department has some great courses that will to keep you interested from first class to last.
Apr 25, 2017

The Aramaic Dead Sea Scrolls as Evidence of a Second-Temple Period Literary Movement

Video: Daniel Machiela guest lecture in Bar-Ilan University and Hebrew University.
Apr 13, 2017

"We have made you into nations and tribes that you may know one another" A verse of the Quran and Western Errors

The Annual Global Islam Lecture and the Department of Religious Studies welcome Dr. Lynda Clarke from Concordia University on Wednesday March 22, 2017. Talk will be held in HSC 1A6 at 7:30 p.m.
Mar 06, 2017

Students, grads recognized with John C. Holland Awards

Congratulations to Sara Jama (Social Psychology), Maurice Brown (Religious Studies), and Social Work alumni Jovaune Rhodes.
Feb 28, 2017

Study at Hebrew University

Bursary opportunity for graduate & undergraduate students. Application deadline March 15, 2017 | The Canadian Friends of Hebrew University (CFHU), with matching funds from the Ontario Student Opportunities Trust Fund (OSOTF), has established a Bursary for McMaster University students to study for a summer, semester, or academic year at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Feb 15, 2017

Visiting Speaker | Fumi Yao

Thurs., March 9, 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., University Hall (UH) room, 122, Fumi Yao will give a paper with the title: “Re-encountering old materials through a new discovery: the emergence of another Sanskrit manuscript of the Bhaiṣajyavastu.”
Feb 14, 2017

Minor in Muslim Studies now available to undergrads at McMaster

McMaster undergraduate students from all Faculties now have the option of taking a minor in Muslim studies.
Feb 06, 2017

Colloquia and Visiting Speakers: 'Crossing the Dharmascape: Mindfulness and Insight Practice in Burma and America'

Dr. Erik Braun, University of Virginia. Fri., Jan. 27, 2017 at 4:00pm. Location: UH 122
Jan 18, 2017

Curating between hope and despair | Creating POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews

The Department of Religious Studies hosts Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett, Chief Curator of the Core Exhibition at POLIN Museum and University Professor Emerita of Performance Studies at New York University, Thurs., Jan. 12, 2017, 7 to9 p.m., Great Hall, University Club
Dec 11, 2016

In Memoriam

On Thurs., Nov. 10, 2016 members of the McMaster community gathered to honour the life and academic contributions, and to share memories of our much loved former Religious Studies faculty member, Gérard Vallée (Aug. 12, 1933 – Oct. 15, 2016)
Nov 10, 2016

Colloquia and Visiting Speakers: 'Buddhism in Court: A Case Study of Puguang Nunnery in Dunhuang'

Dr. Cuilan Liu, Assistant Professor of Buddhist Studies at Emmanuel College of Victoria University in The University of Toronto Tentative topic: Buddhism in Dunhuang. Tuesday December 13, 2016 2:30pm. Location: UH 122
Nov 04, 2016

Colloquia and Visiting Speakers: "Fundamentalist vs. Fundamentalist: An Islamist Critique of ISIS"

Public Lecture Dr. Sherman Jackson Harry Lyman Hooker Distinguished Visiting Professor. Mon., Oct. 17, 2016, 7:30 p.m., in HSC 1A6
Oct 17, 2016

Want to learn or brush up on your Arabic?

New course! RELIGST 2AA3 Introduction to Modern Standard Arabic.
Jun 09, 2016

News from the Religious Studies Chair May 2016

2016 President's Award for Outstanding Contributions to Teaching and Learning, Publications, Conference Papers and Invited Talks, Graduate Student Publications and Presentations, Alumni News
May 31, 2016