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Department Overview

Why Study Religion?

To explore how humans understand and experience the sacred, the self, and the world.

To celebrate the complexity and variety within religious life and thought.

To cultivate skills of reading, speaking, and writing.

To share in the delight of asking--and even risking answers to--questions about the meaning of life and the sources of human and social transformation.

To experience the knowledge that arises from an appreciation of the place of religion in human experience.

Reflections on the Study of Religion

Wallace Heinz class trip

Studying Religion in Nature

Mark Wallace and his Postmodern Religious Thought Seminar students visit the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge after reading Derrida's work on religion and animals. More from Studying Religion in Nature

Abby Kluchin '03 teaching a course at the Brooklyn Institute for Social Research

Swarthmore in Brooklyn

Abby Kluchin '03, a religion Honors major at Swarthmore and now Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Ursinus College, practiced intellectual community building at the Brooklyn Institute. More

Assistant professor of religion Tariq al-Jamil

Hiding in Plain Sight

In this talk, Assistant Professor of Religion Tariq al-Jamil explores the bodily practices and social behaviors associated with religious dissimulation - known as "taqiyya,” a practice in which a Shi’ite can lie about their faith in order to save a life - in 13th- and 14th-century Iraq. More from Hiding in Plain Sight

Professor Yvonne Chireau teaching a class

The study of religion can offer deep and meaningful explorations into vital questions of identity, community, and selfhood in an academic setting.

Studying Religion in Nature

Mark Wallace and his Postmodern Religious Thought Seminar students visit the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge after reading Derrida's work on religion and animals. More from Studying Religion in Nature

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Religion major Elyse O'Bannon '20 Presents Her Summer Research

Elyse O’Bannon '20, a Religion major from Dallas, is doing summer research on Hoodoo books and their historical use in black communities. Here's a taste of the summer research Swarthmore students are up to on campus, as presented at the Cornell Science Library.

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Wallace at Jordan Luchey '13 wedding

July 14, 2018 — Religion Professor Mark Wallace attended Jordan Luchey’s (religion major '13) wedding at Swedish Museum in FDR Park Philadelphia. Beautiful and joyous day for former Swarthmore student and friend!

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Religion Professor Yvonne Chireau presents

Religion Professor Yvonne Chireau was a recent presenter on Recovering the Bones: African American Material Religion and Religious Memory at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.

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