Program  Information

Michael Taber, Chair
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Penny Shissler, Office Clerk
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Program Highlight

The department offers a major and minor in Philosophy and a major and minor in Religious Studies. As an active and energetic department, we are committed towards an intercultural, international and interdisciplinary understanding of the world. We teach across the traditional fields of philosophy and religious studies, and beyond the cultural divides of East and West. Departmental faculty likes to teach in a variety of venues (Nitze Program; Women, Gender and Sexuality; Environmental Studies; Asian Studies; African and African Diaspora Studies), to take students on study tours (Greece, Germany/Poland, India, Thailand, and, in the future, England and Israel), and to bring questions of global relevance to the campus communities through scheduling events with renowned speakers and activists.

Betül Başaran
Associate Professor of Religious Studies

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Departments: Philosophy and Religious Studies
Office: Margaret Brent Hall 201
Phone: (240) 895-2026


Betül Başaran (Ph.D. University of Chicago, 2006) is Associate Professor of Religious Studies specializing on the Islamic Middle East. She teaches courses including Introduction to Islam, Islamic civilization, Islam in the modern world, Women in Islam, Islamic empires in the medieval and early-modern eras, Democracy in the Muslim world, and Marriage, Family, and Religious Values: A Comparative Perspective. Her areas of research include social and economic history of the Ottoman Empire, history and politics of the Muslim world, and women/gender in the Muslim world. She is currently revising her manuscript entitled “Between Crisis and Order: Selim III, Social Control, and Policing in Istanbul at the end of the 18th century” for publication. She has received Turkish Studies travel grants, the John Freely Fellowship from the American Research Institute in Turkey, the Whiting Fellowship from the University of Chicago, and a sabbatical grant from the Institute of Turkish Studies housed at Georgetown University.