islam speaker series

The Department of Comparative Religion and Islam in Global Perspectives Speaker Series is happy to announce: "The Tongue and the Pen: Two Takes on Reading and Writing in Islamicate North India". A lecture by Dr. Tyler Williams, Assistant Professor of South Asian Languages and Civilizations, University of Chicago. Thursday, April 21, 6-7:30 p.m.  Fetzer Center. This event is free and open to the public. Flier is attached. Please circulate widely. Complementary parking for the event available in lot 72-F. For overflow, please use lot 61.  

The establishment of Sultanate rule in northern India during the twelfth and thirteenth centuries brought new practices of reading and writing to the region; as the vernacular came to be written and theorized as a literary language, new ideologies of reading and writing gradually formed within and around it. This talk will explore two very different approaches to writing, the first that of Kabir, a saint-poet revered by Muslims and Hindus, the second that articulated by the Sufi poets Da’ud, Qutaban, and Jayasi.

Tyler Williams teaches courses on Hindi-Urdu literature, South Asian literature, aesthetics, and intellectual history in the Department of South Asian Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago. His research interests include book history, literacy, aesthetics, and mercantile religious and literary culture in South Asia. Williams received a BA in South Asian Studies from the University of California, Berkeley, an MA and MPhil in Hindi literature from Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, and a PhD in Middle Eastern, South Asian and African Studies from Columbia University, New York.

This talk is sponsored by: The Department of Comparative Religion, Islam Global Forum, The Haenicke Institute for Global Education, The College of Arts and Sciences, The Office of the President, The Office of Academic Affairs, Lee Honors College, The Center for Study of Ethics in Society, The Center for the Humanities, The Timothy Light Center for Chinese Studies, The Center for African Development Policy Research, Departments of Anthropology, Gender and Women's Studies, Global and International Studies, History, Political Science, Sociology, World Languages and Literatures.

For more details, please contact:
nathan.tabor@wmich.edu or alisa.perkins@wmich.edu

kalamazoo islamic center visit on April 7, 2016

The Department of Comparative Religion and guests visit the Kalamazoo Islamic Center.

kudos to our award winning students

Zachary Smith is awarded the Graduate College Department Research and Creative Scholars Award and a January Graduate College Travel Grant.

Caleb Ausbury is awarded the Graduate College Departmental Teaching Award.

Anthony Langley and Hafiz Akbar are both recipients of the Graduate Student Departmental Service Award.

Christina Baytops is awarded the departmental Undergraduate Award for Academic Excellence.

Rachael Pulice, a senior, has earned the Presidential Scholar Award.

College of Arts and ScienceS Faculty Achievement Awards

Be sure to congratulate Dr. Stephen Covell and Dr. Brian Wilson for being awarded 2016 College of Arts and Sciences Faculty Achievement Awards! Dr. Covell has been awarded the Faculty Achievement Award in Global Engagement and Dr. Wilson has been awarded the Faculty Achievement Award in Research and Creative Activities.

Graduate humanities conference winners

The first place prize ($500) for best conference paper is awarded to Zachary Smith of the Department of Comparative Religion for his paper "More Than One Way to Measure: Masculinity in Zurkaneh of Safavid Iran" and the runner-up prize ($300) goes to Joel Sanford also of the Department of Comparative Religion, for his paper "Facing Our Demons: Psychiatric Perspectives on Exorcism Rituals." Both papers will be published in the Hilltop Review. Congratulations to Zach and Joel for this awesome achievement!

New Master of Arts in Spirituality, Culture and Health

We have a new online Master of Arts in Spirituality, Culture and Health beginning in the fall of 2016 and offered online! This unique program addresses cultural competence and humility, world cultures and religions, theory and method in religious studies, and the study of religion and health. Health and human service professionals can advance their career and address health disparities with cross cultural communication and spiritual assessment and care skills at interpersonal, organizational and structural levels. Students with a broader interest in religious studies and religion and health can prepare themselves for a variety of careers and further education.

There are few things more important to study today than religion!

Don't take our word for it, just listen to the US Secretary of State John Kerry. This is a great read! Secretary of State Kerry starts with, "I often say that if I headed back to college today, I would major in comparative religions rather than political science."

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