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Department of the Study of Religion

  • ...one of the largest research environments in the world in this field


The Department of the Study of Religion is concerned with religion in its comprehensive sense. The studies cover all major world religions and other religions and phenomena essential to the history of religion, past and present. This is reflected in the academic staff's research competences, which not only include a broad spectrum of empirical skills but also a wide range of theoretical and methodological approaches from fields including history, philology, history of literature, philosophy, anthropology, sociology, psychology, and phenomenology of religion. The separate degree programmes within Arabic and Islamic Studies have Islam and the Arab world's languages, culture and society as their speciality.


Research environment

The Department of the Study of Religion at Aarhus University is one of the largest research environments in the world in this field, including strong research competences in Norse religion, contemporary religion, Islamic studies, cognition and experimental studies. The environment is interdisciplinary in its organisation and working methods, and the programme's researchers are involved in a wide range of research projects with colleagues from other fields, such as biblical studies and church history within theology, the humanities in general, the social science and the natural science.


Degree programmes

The Studies of Religion Programme offers Bachelor's and Master's degree programmes in the Study of Religion and a supplementary subject in Religion, Politics and Society in collaboration with political science. In addition a number of elective subjects are offered.

Academic staff

Name Job title Email Phone Building
Ahlin, Lars !!Lektor emeritus lah@cas.au.dk +4551945108 1453, 523
Albinus, Lars Associate professor lal@cas.au.dk +4587162454 1451, 524
Borup, Jørn Associate professor, head of department jb@cas.au.dk +4587162457 1453, 528
Christensen, Henrik Reintoft Associate professor hc@cas.au.dk +4587162492 1453, 525
Elsayed, Ibrahim Shawky Eltouhamy Teaching Assistant Professor isee@cas.au.dk +4587162534 1453, 326
Fibiger, Marianne Qvortrup Associate professor mf@cas.au.dk +4587162436 1453, 529
Fibiger, Thomas Brandt Research Assistant thomas.fibiger@cas.au.dk +4530287099
Geertz, Armin W. Professor Emeritus awg@cas.au.dk 1453, 523
Jensen, Hans Jørgen Lundager Professor hj@cas.au.dk +4587162445 1453, 531
Jensen, Jeppe Sinding !!emeritus lektor jsj@cas.au.dk 1453, 523
Kühle, Lene Professor with Special Responsibilities lk@cas.au.dk +4587162425 1453, 533
Mortensen, Mette Bjerregaard Research Assistant mbmo@cas.au.dk
Nielsen, Marie Vejrup Associate professor mvn@cas.au.dk +4587162506 1453, 518
Nygaard, Simon Research Assistant sn@cas.au.dk +4561264715
Petersen, Anders Klostergaard Professor with Special Responsibilities akp@cas.au.dk +4587162431 1451, 531
Purzycki, Benjamin Grant Associate professor bgpurzycki@cas.au.dk 1451, 525
Riexinger, Martin Thomas Associate professor mri@cas.au.dk +4587162421 1453, 520
Schjødt, Jens Peter Professor jps@cas.au.dk +4587162489 1451, 523
Schjødt, Uffe Associate professor us@cas.au.dk +4587162439 1453, 522
Schleicher, Marianne Associate professor ms@cas.au.dk +4587162419 1453, 526
Sedgwick, Mark Professor mjrs@cas.au.dk +4587162657 1451, 522
Sørensen, Jesper Frøkjær Associate professor, research programme director jsn@cas.au.dk +4587162441 1451, 527

PhD students

Name Job title Email Phone Building
Aae, Bjarke PhD Student baae@cas.au.dk +4560387153 1451, 533
Agersnap, Anne PhD Student anag@cas.au.dk +4529802875
Bønding, Sophie PhD Student socb@cas.au.dk +4587162491 1451, 526
Hansen, Jacob Hartvig Sandager PhD Student jhsh@cas.au.dk
Larsen, Tina Langholm PhD Student tlla@cas.au.dk +4550732167
Mortensen, Mette Bjerregaard Research Assistant mbmo@cas.au.dk
Møller, Anne Buch PhD Student anbm@cas.au.dk +4587162903 1453, 516
Nygaard, Simon Research Assistant sn@cas.au.dk +4561264715
Williams, Lars Hedegaard PhD Student lhw@cas.au.dk


2019.08.15 | Religionsvidenskab

Benjamin Purzycki - Associate Professor the Department of the Study of Religion

Benjamin will study the processes responsible for religious systems' covariance with threats to cooperation and coordination and assesses their effectiveness in alleviating those threats.

2019.08.15 | Religionsvidenskab

Anne Lundahl Mauritsen - Ny ph.d. ved afdeling for Religionsvidenskab

Anne starter som ph.d. d. 1. september og skal koncentrere sig om et voksende forskningsfelt omkring fænomener som ateisme, agnosticisme og ’irreligiøsitet’.


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