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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.

  • black and white photograph of the reclining Buddha in Cave 158
    The Mogao Caves in the desert of northwest China tell a story of art and Buddhism that began more than 1,500 years ago. Today, Princeton scholars, including members of the Buddhist Studies Workshop, are playing a key role as part of an international effort to understand this story, which unfolds at the heart of the ancient trade route known as the Silk Road.