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Comparative Religion

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Faculty and Student News

July 2015

Arzoo Osanloo has been appointed Director of Middle East Center at the Jackson School. She is Associate Professor of  Law, Societies and Justice Program and a member of the Comparative Religion Program faculty. She earned her PhD from Stanford and specializes in Human rights, Anthropology of law, gender and Islam, refugee and asylum, liberalism, sovereignty.

Congratulations to Cabeiri deBergh Robinson, Associate Professor (Comparative Religion Program, and South Asian Studies at the University of Washington) was awarded the 2013-14 American Institute of Pakistan Studies Book Prize for her book, Body of Victim, Body of Warrior: Refugee Families and the Making of Kashmiri Jihadists.


Where do contemporary Muslim Jihadists come from? What are the conditions? Robinson worked in the borderlands between Pakistan and India, and looked at the lives of families shaped by a history of political conflict. And there, she found jihad as a personal struggle instead of a clash of civilizations. Robinson locates the lives of Kashmiri refugees within the region’s complex political history and within international definitions of refugees and human rights.

Prof. Robinson speaks Monday, April 8th at 7 PM at the University Bookstore 4326 University Way N.E

Congratulations to Summer Satushek (MAIS, Comparative Religion) awarded the Samuel and Althea Stroum Fellowship. The 2014-15 class of Stroum fellows will consist six fellows, the most ever for this relatively new program. These scholars "demonstrate particular strength[s] in languages and literatures.The students range from masters-level and early PhD-degree students, to advanced PhD candidates who are currently writing their dissertations. This difference in stages of graduate study allows for valuable peer-to-peer mentorship within the program. Click here for more on the Stroum Fellows.

Eric Scherbenske (M.A. 2001, Comparative Religion/Williams; Ph.D. 2009, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) who has received the 2014 biennial North American Patristics Society Best First Book Award for his book, Canonizing Paul: Ancient Editorial Practice and the Corpus Paulinum (New York: Oxford University Press, 2013).

 Mika Ahuvia (PhD Princeton Univerwsity) has joined the Jackson School faculty (Jewish Studies and the Comparative Religion programs. Mika was born in Kibbutz Beit Hashita in northern Israel. She researches the formative history of Jewish communities in the ancient Mediterranean world, specializing in Late Antique Jewish history.  

Professor Michael Williams recently published two articles with a third to appear soon:

“Life and Happiness in the ‘Platonic Underworld,’” Pp. 497-523 in: Gnosticism, Platonism and the Late Ancient World: Essays in Honour of John D. Turner. Edited by Kevin Corrigan and Tuomas Rasimus, in collaboration with Dylan M. Burns, Lance Jenott and Zeke Mazur. Nag Hammadi and Manichaean Studies 82. (Leiden: Brill, 2013.

“Did Plotinus’s ‘Friends’ Still Go to Church?: Communal Rituals and Ascent Apocalypses,” Pages 495-522 in: Practicing Gnosis: Ritual, Magic, Theurgy, and Liturgy in Nag Hammadi, Manichaean and Other Late Antique Literature: Essays in Honor of Birger A. Pearson. Edited by April DeConick, Gregory Shaw, John Turner, Nag Hammadi and Manichaean Studies (Leiden: Brill, 2013).

“A Life Full of Meaning and Purpose: Demiurgical Myths and Social Implications,” in: Beyond the Gnostic Gospels: Studies Building on the Work of Elaine Pagels. Edited by Eduard Iricinschi, Lance Jenott, Nicola Denzey Lewis, and Philippa Townsend. Studies and Texts in Antiquity and Christianity (Tubingen: Mohr Siebeck; publication of volume scheduled for early 2014).



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