Religion Department

Robert Morrison Reacts to Saudi Arabia-Iran Spat Over Hajj

“While it is no surprise that Saudia Arabia and Iran don’t like each other, having ceased diplomatic relations earlier this year, these are strong words from the Saudi Grand Mufti.”

Prof. Robert Morrison on Turkey: Attempted Coup Leaves Erdogan in ‘Much Stronger Position’

“As someone who respects modern Turkey deeply, my main concern is whether Erdogan’s undoubtedly enhanced political position leads to a better Turkey.”

Map Locates Student Summer Projects From the Cook Islands to Brunswick

When Senior Interactive Developer David Francis looks at the Bowdoin Summer 2016 map he built, he says it’s obvious the “Bowdoin bubble” is a myth. The interactive map allows students to post their summer location and a brief description of what they’re doing.

Bowdoin Senior Wins Prestigious Award for Study in U.K.

To fund Haley Miller’s overseas studies next year, Miller has received a competitive Keasbey Scholarship, which each year is awarded to “some of the most gifted and intellectually curious American college graduates” to support post-graduate study in the United Kingdom.

ISIS and Islam: A Conversation with Bowdoin’s Elias and Morrison

Professor Robert G. Morrison, chair of the Religion Department, and Assistant Professor of Government Barbara Elias, discuss Islam, ISIS, and the current situation in Iraq and Syria.

A Campus Conversation: How Islamic is the Islamic State?

Students gathered recently in the living room of Macmillan House to hear a panel of Bowdoin experts discuss Islam and the Islamic State.

On Course: A Sampling of Bowdoin’s Newest Classes

This semester faculty members are offering many classes new to Bowdoin — 27 in all.

Bowdoin Opens Academic Year with 214th Convocation

The College’s annual Convocation ceremony, marking the official opening of its 214th year, was held Wednesday, Sept. 2, in Pickard Theater of Memorial Hall.

Remembering Bill Geoghegan (1922-2015)

In a message Monday morning to the Bowdoin community, President Mills remembered the life of Professor of Religion Emeritus William D. Geoghegan, who passed away Saturday at the age of 92.

Five Faculty Promoted to Full Professor

Five faculty members have been promoted from associate to full professor based on their scholarly output and teaching credentials. Oceanographer Collin Roesler, religion scholar Robert Morrison and historians Dallas Denery, David Gordon and Susan Tananbaum will all be promoted on July 1.

Scholars Explore Science Before the Scientific Revolution

In a recent Bowdoin symposium on early-modern science, scholars from Bowdoin and elsewhere gave talks on alchemy, astronomy, botany, and the global crosscurrents that transmitted Islamic learning to Europe.

ISLE Immerses Students in Sri Lanka (and Gives Them a Small Taste Here at Bowdoin)

Students interested in studying abroad with Bowdoin’s Intercollegiate Sri Lanka Education Program (ISLE) were recently treated to a bit of the country’s traditional food and tea.

Bowdoin Professors on Sabbatical, All Over the Map

This year, more than three dozen Bowdoin faculty members have dispersed to all corners of the map for sabbatical projects. See where they’ve gone.

Investigating Religious Identity in Sri Lanka

When is a religious identity also an ethnic identity, and how is that connection influenced by a history of colonization and conflicts? Omar Sohail ’15 has been exploring this question and others as he examines the Muslim concept of identity in Sri Lanka.

Bowdoin Honors Three Retiring Faculty Members

Three faculty members were granted emeritus status during the annual meeting of the Bowdoin College Board of Trustees on May 9-11, 2014: DeWitt John, Jorunn Buckley, and Steve Cerf.

Shields and Spears: Hoarding Knowledge in Modern Times

Bowdoin’s 2014 Kemp Symposium, “Visions of Reality: Science and Other Means of Seeking Knowledge,” was kicked off by a keynote address about knowledge transfer between China and the West, delivered by Middlebury’s Don Wyatt.

Holt’s 2014 Guggenheim Fellowship Makes Three in a Row for Bowdoin

Bowdoin’s John Holt, professor of religion and Asian studies, has snagged a 2014 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation fellowship – the third Guggenheim in three consecutive years for a Bowdoin faculty member.

International Book of the Year in Islamic Studies

A book about a 14th-century Iranian Shiiite scholar published by Bowdoin Associate Professor of Religion Robert G. Morrison recently brought him face-to-face with one of the most provocative figures of the day: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Sri Lanka’s Epic History, Culture Illuminated

John Clifford Holt, Bowdoin’s William R. Kenan, Jr., Professor of the Humanities in Religion and Asian Studies, has edited a new anthology that brings to life the epic history, cultural richness and political turbulence of the island nation of Sri Lanka.

From Africa to Interest Groups and Beyond: Recent Bowdoin Faculty Books

Books by Bowdoin faculty members are continuing to shape disciplines and garner widespread recognition. Read about the latest publications by professors Jorunn Buckley, Nadia V. Celis, Michael Franz, Christian Potholm and Olufemi Vaughan.