Comparative Religion

Upcoming events

Tuesday, March 3, Kalamazoo Islamic Center Visit, 5 to 7 p.m.

Join us on a tour of the Center. We will hear the imam speak, participate in a question and answer session, and enjoy snacks together. All are welcome. We'll gather in front of Waldo Library at 5 p.m. to walk over together. Its only a short walk! Or, meet us at the Kalamazoo Islamic Center (parking available, program starts at 5:30 p.m., 1520 West Michigan Avenue.) For more information, please contact: Dr. Alisa Perkins. This event is hosted by: Kalamazoo Islamic Center, WMU Islam Global Forum, WMU Department of Comparative Religion and WMU Muslim Student Association.

Thursday, March 26, 6 to 7:30 p.m., 3512 Knauss Hall, "The Walking Qur'an: West Africans and Islamic Knowledge", a lecture by Dr. Rudolph Ware, University of Michigan.

Learn about Islamic education, embodied knowledge, and history in West Africa. This talk will explore a thousand years of history through the lens of the Qur’an school, the basic institution of education for millions of boys and girls throughout the region.  This event is free and open to the public. Visitor Parking in Lot 71; Student Parking in Lot 34 or 35; Employee Parking in Lot 38.  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. For any questions, please contact Dr. Alisa Perkins.  See flyer.

Thursday, April 23, 6 to 7:30 p.m., 3512 Knauss Hall, “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.  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. For any questions, please contact Dr. Alisa Perkins.

Congratulations to Dr. Covell

Dr. Covell has received a grant in support of a workshop on Japanese Religions from the Northeast Asia Council of the Association for Asian Studies. The workshop will be hosted by the department in March 2015 and will bring together scholars from Japan, Canada, England, Germany and the U.S.

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."

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 (aaron.l.sternaman@wmich.edu) 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.