Religion News

The Religion Department’s mission was fueled by the wisdom of the great scholar of comparative religion Max Mueller: “if you know only one religion, you really don’t know any.” To help us spread knowledge about all religions, please contact us if you have a Temple University religion story. What kinds of stories should be told? Anything compelling that relates to Temple’s scholastic investigation of how religious worldviews affect business, politics, medicine, the arts, healthcare and more. It’s not enough to know just one religion; at Temple, our students engage in pluralistic religious study and leave as graduates who see entire cultures and societies in new lights.

For Halloween this year and as a preview for Dr. Terry Rey’s first ever Zombie Apocalypse course, to be held during the Spring 2020 semester, members of the Religion Graduate Student Association (RELGSA) organized a zombie costume contest. Dr. Rey gave a quick lecture on the origins of zombies, both the word and the Haitian belief of zombification in Vodou, while students enjoyed free candy.

On Monday October 14th by the Bell Tower, Temple Owls celebrated Indigenous Peoples Day. Sponsored in part by the Department of Religion, this event celebrated the original inhabitants of North America and it coincided with the opening of a contemporary Lenape art exhibit at the Center for the Humanities at Temple (CHAT) in Gladfelter Hall. Read the full article in the Temple News for more information on the art exhibit and Monday’s event.


Editor-in-Chief of the 84,000 Project, Dr. James Gentry visited Temple on October 10th to discuss the project's origins, mission, procedures, and progress, as well as the challenges it has faced. This paramount project was created so that everyone may have free online access to Buddhist scriptures that have been translated into English and other modern languages.

Image of PhD student Shahid Nigro

One of our graduate students, Shahid Nigro, was nominated for an award by a former student of his. Shahid will be recognized with the other nominees during halftime of Temple’s Men's Soccer team's Most Valuable Professor game. The game will be held at the Temple Sports Complex located at 1300 Master St, Philadelphia, PA 19122 on Tuesday October 1st, 2019. Keep up the good work Shahid!

Dr. Zain Abdullah hosted a symposium about Yarrow Mamout at Temple University before leading those in attendance to the Philadelphia Art Museum to view the famous 1819 painting of Mamout. The talk focused on the connection of  two prominent Philadelphians, the painter Charles Willson Peale, and Yarrow Mamout.  The three guest speakers also addressed some major issues of our time: xenophobia and civility, religious violence and pluralism, exclusion and inclusion, immigration and the Muslim ban.