Fall 2020 Virtual
Semester Events

  • Flyer for Healing with Sound in Covid Times: Sufi Mysticism and Music

The department of Religious Studies at Franklin & Marshall offers one of the most international majors on campus, with strengths in American religions, Buddhism, Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, and Islam.  It also has thematic courses addressing, for example, religion and literature, and religion and politics.  It offers highly individualized, independent study opportunities both on campus and around the world.  Religious Studies is in many ways a quintessential liberal arts major in that it teaches rigorous critical thinking, textual analysis, and broad acquaintance with multiple cultures, while expanding your mind about what it means to be human and to wrestle with the most important questions human beings have asked.

We have an excellent record of preparing students for a broad range of careers (including higher education, business, education, law and medicine) and elite graduate programs, including those at Harvard, Yale, the University of Chicago, and UC Santa Barbara.

Recent independent projects have included studies of specific Native American traditions, Buddhism in Thailand, Hindu Mythology, the Taoist influence on Zen Buddhism, spiritual healing, Islamic fundamentalism, 20th century women mystics, and modern commentaries on the book of Job.

Please see Religious Studies Lectures and Events for more details. 

The Pulse

November 05
event 11/5/2020

From Morocco to France and Israel: 20th Century Jewish...

Virtual Event

While Yona's study focuses on the family from a micro scale, its guiding question seeks to...

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Story 9/18/2020

Alumnus Returns to Perform Sufi Fusion at F&M

Haunting instrumental strains are background to the melodic voice of Franklin & Marshall College alumnus Umer Piracha '07, who will give a virtual campus performance of Sufi fusion Sept. 24. 

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Story 2/7/2020

Professor’s Book Examines Long-Running Dispute in Modern...

Religious Studies Professor SherAli Tareen's just released first book explores "crucial intra-Muslim debates about Islamic law, theology, and ritual practice that erupted almost two centuries ago."

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Story 9/13/2019

Author Examines Education Reformer, Race in U.S.

The author of the 2007 book, “In a Shade of Blue: Pragmatism and the Politics of Black America,” Eddie Glaude Jr. described today’s American democracy as one in turmoil in his remarks at Franklin &...

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