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The Religious Studies Department at the University of Oregon, located in the College of Arts and Sciences, focuses on the academic study of religious traditions from around the world in classes taught by experts in the field of religious studies. The department also includes Arabic language instruction as part of its curriculum.

Here’s what’s happening in the Religious Studies Department


Faculty Highlight: Faten Arfaoui, Arabic Language Instructor

Last year the department of Religious Studies welcomed Career NTTF Faten Arfaoui to our Arabic language instructional team.

Faten spent her early childhood in the city of Kairouan in the center of Tunisia.  It has a large historical mosque built by the Aghlabids.  At age 11, her family moved to the capital city, Tunis.  She attended Ibn Charaf University there, with a degree in both English and International Relations.  In 2008, she received a Fulbright to come to the U.S. to study at Texas Tech, where she ultimately completed a Master’s degree and began work on a Ph.D.  Coming to



2015 Graduation

Photos from the 2015 Humanities Consortium Graduation Ceremony (Classics, Humanities, Judaic Studies, Medieval Studies, and Religious Studies)


Buddhism and Science

A public lecture by Dr. Robert Thurman, Jey Tsong Khapa Professor of Indo-Tibetan Studies, Columbia University

Professor Thurman is the pre-eminent scholar of Tibetan Buddhism in the West, founder and president of Tibet House, an intimate friend and colleague of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama for over 40 years, and a prolific author and scholar.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

7:00 pm

Lillis 182

955 E. 13th Ave. University of Oregon

Respondent, Dr. Mark Johnson, Knight Professor of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Department of Philosophy, University of Oregon

Book signing to follow.

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