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History of Religion Research

Tel Aviv Jaffa, alley of an old town
Tel Aviv Jaffa, alley of an old town

The history of religion investigates the origins and subsequent developments of religious traditions within their specific historical contexts. A historical approach to religion examines the development of belief systems, religious practices, and religious identities, but also the interaction between religion and the broader culture and society. The history of religion includes the roles of religious leaders as well as the experiences and beliefs of ordinary people. More detailed information on the below-listed faculty can be found on their faculty biography pages.

T. David Curp

  • Europe; Modern Period
  • Poland
  • Ethno-National Relations; Religious Life; Church-State Relations

Jaclyn Maxwell

  • Mediterranean; Ancient Period
  • Roman Empire
  • Religion; Social History

Assan Sarr

  • Africa; Late Eighteenth through Twentieth Centuries
  • The Senegal and Gambia River Basin
  • Agrarian Society; Islam; Oral History

Miriam Shadis

  • Europe; Medieval Period
  • Spain and Portugal
  • Women and Gender; Political Life

Kevin Uhalde

  • Mediterranean and Western Europe; Late Antiquity and Middle Ages
  • Roman Empire and Medieval Europe
  • Formation and Varieties of Christian Societies; Law and Legal Culture in Practice