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The Center for the Study of Religion at Princeton University is a major academic initiative that aims to encourage greater intellectual exchange and interdisciplinary scholarly studies about religion through diverse perspectives of the humanities and social sciences. Founded in 1999, the Center is committed to scholarly research and teaching that examines religion comparatively and empirically in its diverse historical and contemporary manifestations.

  • Participants in the May 2014 Conference
    Charity (Sanskrit: dāna, derived from the same Indo-European root as Latin: dōnum, gift) is the most fundamental of all Buddhist virtues, and rituals of donation are important throughout Buddhism. This day-long symposium on May 3, 2014 developed conversations about dāna from a variety of disciplines, including history, ethics, philosophy, ritual studies, and anthropology. Click below to watch the videos of the day's proceedings.
  • Michael Thate and James Dennis LoRusso
    Two scholars have been selected to join the Center in 2014-2015 as Postdoctoral Research Associates with the Faith & Work Initiative, directed by David W. Miller. James Dennis LoRusso and Michael J. Thate will contribute to the ongoing work of the FWI and pursue their own research agendas.
  • Graduate Students in Workshop
    Center for the Study of Religion has selected 19 Graduate Students for Fellowships in the Religion and Culture and Religion and Public Life workshops. Fellows hail from Anthropology, Comparative Literature, East Asian Studies, History, Near Eastern Studies, Politics, Religion, and Sociology. Read about them and their work by clicking below.
  • Dunhuang Manuscripts Image
    Prospects for the Study of Dunhuang Manuscripts: The Next 20 Years will be held at Princeton University from September 6-8, 2014. Papers in all fields of Dunhuang manuscript studies will be presented. The languages of the conference will be Chinese and English, and papers will be given in either language. Keynote speakers are FANG Guangchang and Susan Whitfield. Complete your free registration online by clicking below.