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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

Welcome, Anne Kreps

Please join us in welcoming Anne Kreps to the Religious Studies faculty beginning in Fall 2016.

Anne has been teaching for the past three years at Yale-NUS College in Singapore. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (2013), with a specialization in Valentinianism and Gnosticism, and areas of expertise in both Judaism and Christianity of antiquity. She is in the process of turning her dissertation into a monograph entitled The Crucified Book: Sanctifying the Written Word from Valentinus to the Age of Constantine. Anne also is interested in new religious movements.


Arabic Studies minor wins Gilman Scholarship

Arabic Studies Minor, Sara Golestaneh, wins Gilman Scholarship to study Arabic in Jordan

This Spring, Sara Golestaneh received a Gilman Scholarship to study Arabic at the Qasid Institute in Jordan during the summer of 2016. She is currently a senior at the University of Oregon minoring in Arabic Studies. In the future, she plans to study immigration law and use Arabic to assist families as they emigrate to the United States. You can read about her experience this summer, and tips for others planning to study abroad in Jordan, at


How Did Early Muslims Read Quran?

How did early Muslims read Quran?

A consideration of the Sanaa Palimpest Fragments

Dr. Asma Hilali, Research Associate The Institute of Ismaili Studies, London

Thursday, May 18, 2017

4:00 pm

Straub Hall 145

The “Sanaa Palimpsest” is one of the oldest Qur’an manuscripts yet discovered; it contains two superimposed Qur’anic texts on thirty-eight leaves of parchment, now in the Dar al-Makhtutat, Sanaa, Yemen. In this talk, I offer a new hypothesis concerning the transmission of the Qur’an based on this ancient material, which appears to represent work in progress. In its lower layer,