Comparative Religion

Upcoming events 

Thursday, April 23, 6 to 7:30 p.m., 3512 Knauss Hall, WMU Main Campus, “The Revolution Within: Islamic Television and the Struggle for the ‘New Egypt.’, a lecture by Dr. Yasmin Moll, University of Michigan.

Within the world of Islamic television in the Middle East, Egypt’s “New Preachers” stand out for their unprecedented styles of performance and visual aesthetics. This talk explores how their novel forms of religious media embed distinctive imaginations of what Muslim piety entails, how it should be cultivated, and to what ends. Examining the intersections of Islamic revivalism and transnational media technologies troubles the utility of a secular-religious binary for understanding Egypt’s turbulent trajectory since the 2011 uprising and the attempts of Islamic producers to create a “revolution within” through new media forms. See flyer. This event is being hosted by the Islam in Global Perspectives Speaker Series, the WMU Department of Comparative Religion and the The Diether H. Haenicke Institute for Global Education Global Education Fund. The event is free and open to the public. Parking is free in lot 35. For any questions, please contact Dr. Alisa Perkins.

Scholarships Available

Take advantage of these awesome opportunites! See the criteria for the Study Abroad Scholarship and/or the Bischoff Professionalization Scholarship.  Act fast, the deadline for summer and fall is April 25!


Our current graduate students have set the bar high. In addition to winning the all-university teaching and research it is my pleasure to announce that they have also taken home the top award for graduate student service for an individual and for their organization. So congratulations to Joel Sanford and the Comparative Religion Graduate Student Organization!

Congratulations to Eric Mendes and Lindy Demarest two of our outstanding graduate students! Mendes was awarded the All-University Graduate Research and Creative Scholar Award—the highest honor for graduate student research at WMU, and Demarest was awarded the All-University Graduate Teaching Effectiveness Award—the highest honor for graduate student teaching at WMU. We train the best here in the Department of Comparative Religion!

Congratulations to M.A. and graduate certificate student Bob Sumeren on his acceptance into law school! Bob, we expect further great things from you! 

Congratulations to Joel Sanford on his taking first prize in the WMU Graduate Humanities Conference. Sanford joins a growing list of winners from our department. In the three years the conference has been running we have taken first place twice and second place once.

 To our alumni and current students, there are many things you can do with a degree from us, tell us your story so we can share it. E-mail Dr. Covell.

Stop by for free coaching on writing!

The Department of Comparative Religion at WMU invites its students to visit our writing coach, Aaron Sternaman, Mondays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the 2nd floor of Moore Hall, room 2023. Coach Sternaman's guidance is free to all REL majors and minors and is open to any student enrolled in one or more of our courses for help in their REL course. He may also be reached by email ( and will be available throughout the school year. This service represents a determined effort by faculty and staff to improve the written communication of our students. Coach Sternaman holds a B.A. from WMU with an emphasis on creative writing and a minor in comparative religion. He will work with students to advance their written authority and style, while teaching them to cite sources and punctuate correctly.