The programme directly benefits from cutting-edge research carried out within the three departments of the faculty:
- Jewish, Christian and Islamic Origins. The research and teaching carried out in this department focuses on the formative stages of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Your lecturers study their dynamic interrelationship in the context of ancient Near Eastern, Graeco-Roman and late antique cultures.
- Comparative Study of Religion. In this department, religion is addressed in all its forms and appearances. Historians, anthropologists, sociologists and psychologists are working together to critically investigate religion as a cultural factor that is so influential in the modern world. Of particular importance for the research and teaching in this department is the critical analysis of constructions of “Eastern” and “Western” forms of religion.
- Christianity and the History of Ideas. The scholars in this department focus on the impact of the Christian intellectual tradition in the past as well as the possibilities of a rapprochement of religion and the secular in our time.
The course units are taught by internationally recognized scholars. They will provide you with an up-to-date overview of the state of the art of the subjects you are studying, often drawing on their own research.
Research Centres and activities
Much of the research connects with the activities of:
- Centre for Religion, Conflict and Globalization
- Centre for the Study of Religion and Culture in Asia
- Centre for Religion and Heritage
- CRASIS: Culture, Religion and Society in Graeco-Roman Antiquity
- Qumran Institute
- Agricola Seminar
These centres and research groups regularly invite speakers and organise events where students, PhD students and staff engage in lively discussions.