Comparative Religion

WMUK interview with Dr. Brian C. Wilson

Be sure to listen to Dr. Wilson's WMUK interview regarding his recently released book, "Dr. John Harvey Kellogg and the Religion of Biologic Living."

Take advantage of available student study resources

Let's face it, it can be stressful this time of year. Take advantage of the resources available to you to help you succeed.

Group of students and community members

Imam Hafiz Nauman and Dr. Alisa Perkins, center, with students and community members.

Kalamazoo Islamic Center visit 

Several students from REL 2065: Islam in America and REL 1000: Introduction to World Religions, and others from WMU and community along with Dr. Alisa Perkins visited the Kalamazoo Islamic Center on Nov. 6 and enjoyed a great learning experience.

Watch this!

Looking for that perfect YouTube learning experience? How about a lecture by our own Dr. Wilson.

Student and faculty conference presentations

Students attending the Midwestern popular American Culture Association conference

Midwestern Popular American Culture Association Conference attendees Moustafa Elsayed (WMU, comparative religion), Stacy Holden (Purdue University, history) and Alisa Perkins (WMU, comparative religion).

At the Midwest Popular Culture Association Conference in October, comparative religion graduate student Moustafa Elsayed and Assistant Professor of Comparative Religion Alisa Perkins each presented their research in a panel entitled "Arab American Culture at the MPCA Annual Meeting in Indiana.

Elsayed's paper, entitled, "Arab American Culture through the Mawlid: Muslim Devotional Gatherings in the Midwestern United States" is based on preliminary research toward his master's thesis.

Perkins drew on her book manuscript to present a paper entitled, "Constructing Little Sana'a: The City as Canvas for Yemeni American Women in a Midwestern City."

Also presenting were Khalid Alrasheed and Kevin Adams from Purdue University. Dr. Stacy Holden from Purdue University organized this panel.

Great in-depth article on Dr. Wilson's book on Kellogg!

Find out more about what Wilson has been researching.

Read Dr. Wilson's great new book, Dr. John Harvey Kellogg and the Religion of Biologic Living, which comes out this week! Also, check out his podcast with Indiana University Press.

Study religion and see the world!

What an amazing experience! Check out this great article on one of our own—comparative religion major Magen Dennis.

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 this fall. 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.