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Traveling Turkey with Taylor

Hagia Sophia, Istanbul, Turkey

Religious Studies major Taylor is traveling abroad in Istanbul this semester. Get a first person account of what it is like to live, eat, study, and travel in Turkey on Taylor's very own blog.

Traveling Turkey with Taylor



Religious Studies Annual Faculty Lecture Presented by Nabil Matar

On March 27. 2014 Nabil Matar, Professor of Religious Studies and English, presented a lecture titled "Church and State: John Locke and Islam 1632-1704."

This lecture examined the writings of John Locke from 1660 until 1690 and focused on the transformation in his thought regarding toleration of non-Christians. In particular, it showed how Locke was the first European philosopher to argue not only for the “civil rights” of Muslims in the Christian polity, but also advocated their naturalization as subjects of the Stuart Crown.

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  • Nabil Matar, Through the Eyes of the Beholder: The Holy Land, 1517-1713

    Congratulations to RS Steering Committee member, Nabil Matar, on the publication of his new collection of essays, co-edited with Judy A. Hayden and titled Through the Eyes of the Beholder: The Holy Land, 1517-1713 (Brill 2012). Learn more

  • New book by Professor Iraj Bashiri

    Ancient Iran: Cosmology, Mythology, History presents Iran's pre-Islamic history within the context of both its complex cosmology and rich mythology. More information available at

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