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£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

Conference Explores "Pentecostalism and Development"

A large international and interdisciplinary conference, hosted by the Centre of World Christianity, explored the impact of Pentecostal and Charismatic movements on development initiatives.

7th September 2014

Current Information on Christians in Iraq

Dr Erica Hunter, Senior Lecturer in Eastern Christianity, provides current information on Christians and other minorities in Iraq via a news article and a BBC interview.

12th August 2014

Award-winning student-led Ramadan Tent Project goes international

Ramadan Tent Project, an award-winning student-led project founded by both Muslim and non-Muslim students at SOAS, University of London is spreading to Manchester and establishing a global reach as it launches in Turkey and Zambia for its second year.

27th June 2014

ISIS advances and Christians in Iraq

Dr Erica Hunter, Senior Lecturer in Eastern Christianity and co-chair of the Centre of World Christianity, gave an interview to the BBC Scotland regarding the military advances of ISIS in Iraq.

23rd June 2014

Christians in Syria and Iraq

With current events unfolding in Iraq and Syria, the Centre of World Christianity provides information regarding the situation of Christians in this region, including an interview by the Centre co-chair Dr Erica Hunter with BBC World Service News Hour regarding Christian communities in Mosul.

18th June 2014

Mar Polycarpus Workshop ‘Christians in Iraq and Syria Today: Facing the Challenges’

The Centre of World Christianity, Dept for the Study of Religions, SOAS hosted on Monday 28thApril, 2014 a Workshop, ‘Christians in Syria and Iraq today: facing the challenges’ to explore the realities of the Christian communities in Syria and Iraq. Six speakers presented papers a rich spread of papers, chaired by Dr. Erica C. D. Hunter.

19th May 2014

Fr Dr Behnam Visiting Distinguished Scholar of Syriac

Dr. Erica C D Hunter, Senior Lecturer in Eastern Christianity, and co-chair of the Centre of World Christianity has been very pleased to welcome Father Dr. Behnam Moussa Paulos Sony, Lecturer at St. Ephrem’s Seminary at Qaraqosh, near Mosul, Iraq. Father Dr Sony is a distinguished scholar of Syriac, whose works invaluably augment our knowledge of Christianity in northern Mesopotamia.

16th May 2014

MA Buddhist Studies at SOAS
The Department of the Study of Religions has a new MA Buddhist Studies. The programme will appeal to anyone wishing to broaden their knowledge of Buddhism and Buddhist traditions as a whole, and will offer unique opportunities to those intending to embark on further research or fieldwork among Buddhist communities.

13th May 2014

Harvard scholar’s lecture series on the origin of world mythology at SOAS

Michael Witzel, the Wales Professor of Sanskrit at Harvard University and author of the The Origin of the World’s Mythologies, will be speaking at the Jordan Lecture Series at SOAS, University of London next week, discussing his theory on world mythologies.

7th May 2014

Marloes Janson book pic SOAS scholar’s book shortlisted for the BBC's Ethnography award

The latest publication by Dr Marloes Janson, Lecturer in Anthropology at SOAS, University of London has been shortlisted for the BBC’s Ethnography award.

7th May 2014

SOAS scholar collaborates with Nigerian photographer to exhibit ‘prayer cities’ of Lagos-Ibadan Expressway

Dr Marloes Janson, Lecturer in Anthropology at SOAS, University of London and Akintunde Akinleye, prize winner in the prestigious World Press Photo awards have collaborated on a photographic exhibition of the ‘prayer cities’ on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway in Nigeria.

26th March 2014

SOAS celebrates 10 years of Centre of Jaina Studies

Two major events focusing on Jaina studies at SOAS, University of London will mark the 10th anniversary of the Centre of Jaina Studies (COJS) this week.

19th March 2014

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