Religious Studies

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Why Religious Studies at Macalester?

The courses of the department of religious studies focus on the study of Christianity and Judaism in both their historical and contemporary expressions, and on the major non-Western religious traditions. While the introductory courses are broad in scope, they seek to be selective enough to allow an in-depth encounter with source documents through historical understanding. Methods of instruction include not only lectures and seminars but also opportunities for independent study and individual instruction. The program of the department aims to serve not only students whose academic specialization is religious studies but also students who seek courses that can help unlock the religious dimensions encountered in other disciplines.

Faculty/Staff Profile

Gregory Lipton to teach at MACALESTER 2014-15

Gregory A. Lipton specializes in Islamic studies and the study of mysticism. His current research focuses on how medieval formations of Islamic mysticism have been re-imagined through the discursive prism of Western modernity. His dissertation, "Making Islam Fit: Ibn 'Arabi and the Idea of Sufism in the West," was completed at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill in 2013.


"Secular Sufism: Neoliberalism, Ethnoracism, and the Reformation of the Muslim Other." The Muslim World 101 (2011): 427 - 440.

"Muḥibb Allāh Ilāhābādī's Taswiya Contextualized." In Muslim Cultures in the  Indo-Iranian World during the Early-Modern and Modern Periods. Edited by Denis Hermann and Fabrizio Speziale, pp. 475-97. Berlin: Klaus Schwarz Verlag, 2010.

"The Equivalence" (Al-Taswiya) of Muhibb Allah Ilahabadi: Avicennan Neoplatonism and the School of Ibn 'Arabi in South Asia. Saarbruecken: VDM Verlag, 2009.

"Muḥibb Allāh Ilāhābādī: South Asian Heir to Ibn ʿArabī." Journal of the Muhyiddin Ibn ʿArabi Society 45 (2009): 89-119.

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