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Study of Religions introduces new module on Shi'a Islam

A new module titled ‘Shi'a Islam: Religious Authority and Community Identity’ will be available from the start of the 2015-16 academic year for Year 2 or Year 3 undergraduate students as part of the Study of Religion’s comprehensive academic programme.

30th June 2015

New SOAS World Philosophies programme challenges traditional philosophy framework

SOAS, University of London has introduced a new BA World Philosophies programme focusing on the philosophical traditions of Asia, Africa, the Middle East, alongside those of Europe.

17th June 2015

SOAS Professor to teach ancient Zoroastrian language in Pune

Professor Almut Hintze, Zartoshty Brothers Professor of Zoroastrianism at SOAS, University of London will be teaching ‘An Introduction to the Avestan Language’ in Pune, India this summer.

9th June 2015

SOAS PhD student showcases artwork at West London Gallery

Alexandra Buhler, MPhil/PhD Religions, is showcasing her unique collection of oil paintings and pastels at the Piers Feetham Gallery in Chelsea.

28th May 2015

New programme available at SOAS as School signs partnership agreement with Sri Aurobindo Trust

SOAS, University of London has formally signed a new partnership agreement with the Sri Aurobindo Trust in order to launch a brand new module – ‘Modern Indian Philosophy with a focus on the teachings of Sri Aurobindo and The Mother’.

12th May 2015

IMG-Jaina Tantra Global Vision of Jaina Studies discussed by leading figures

Influential members of the Jain community came together at SOAS, University of London last week for a lunch hosted by Director of SOAS Professor Paul Webley and a discussion on future collaboration of the Centre for Jaina Studies at the School and academic partners in India.

9th April 2015

Nicholas Sims-Williams SOAS scholar honoured by Royal Asiatic Society

Professor Nicholas Sims-Williams, Research Professor of Iranian and Central Asian Studies in the School’s Study of Religions Department, has been awarded the Royal Asiatic Society’s triennial Denis Sinor Gold Medal for Inner Asian Studies.

31st March 2015

IMG-Jaina Tantra Tantra, meditation and key textual themes at the 17th Annual Jaina Studies Workshop at SOAS

The 17th Annual Jaina Studies Workshop takes place on 19-20 March, 2015 at SOAS, University of London.

5th March 2015

BA / Leverhulme Senior Research Fellowship awarded to Lucia Dolce

Department member Dr Lucia Dolce has been awarded with a British Academy/Leverhulme Senior Research Fellowship

1st March 2015

Gurharpal Singh featured on BBC Heart and Soul

Prof Gurharpal Singh featured on BBC Heart and Soul about recent developments in Sikhism

24th February 2015

Update on the Christian Community in Iraq

A recent update on the situation of the Christian community in Iraq, especially among internally displaced persons (IDPs).

16th February 2015

REF results highlight SOAS publications on religions

The Department of the Study of Religions at SOAS, University of London has been ranked 11th nationally in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, with nearly 80% of work submitted to the panel graded 4* (world-leading) or 3* (internationally excellent).

18th December 2014

£2 million endowment funds first Numata Reader in Japanese Buddhism at SOAS

SOAS, University of London has received a further £600,000 gift from Bukkyo Dendo Kyokai (BDK) (Society for the Promotion of Buddhism) to secure a long-term endowment for the Numata Readership in Japanese Buddhism.

19th November 2014

New publication: Catalogue of Syriac Texts in the Berlin Turfan Collection

New publication catalogues the Syriac texts in the Berlin Turfan collection

4th November 2014

BBC programme on Christians in Iraq

SOAS expert joins BBC programme to discuss the situation of Christians and other religious minorities in Iraq

1st October 2014

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