Department of the Study of Religion

  • 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

NameJob titleEmailPhoneBuilding
Albinus, LarsAssociate, 524
Badr, Farida Aly AbbasTeaching Associate, 324
Bjørnsen, Morten FlycktStudent
Borup, JørnAssociate professor, head of, 528
Bønding, SophiePhD, 526
Christensen, Henrik ReintoftAssociate, 525
Dige, Karoline Marie DonskovStudent Teacher
Elsayed, Ibrahim Shawky EltouhamyTeaching Assistant, 326
Fibiger, Marianne QvortrupAssociate, 529
Fibiger, Thomas BrandtResearch
Geertz, Armin, 523
Jensen, Hans Jørgen, 531
Jensen, Jeppe SindingAssociate, 525
Jensen, Rie ValbakStudent Teacher
Kühle, LeneProfessor with Special, 533
Larsen, Malik Christian
Lindberg, Emilie Natalie LaursenStudent Teacher
Mortensen, Mette BjerregaardResearch
Mørch, ErikAssistant
Nielsen, Marie VejrupAssociate, 518
Olesen, Bjarne WernickeAssociated assistant
Petersen, Anders KlostergaardProfessor with Special, 531
Riexinger, Martin ThomasAssociate, 520
Rittenhofer, Ellen HaahrStudent Teacher
Rosendahl, Elizabeth LeatStudent Teacher
Schjødt, Jens, 523
Schjødt, UffeAssociate, 522
Schleicher, MarianneAssociate, 526
Sedgwick,, 522
Skov, Emma ChristiansenStudent
Steiner, Nadia NørgårdStudent Teacher
Sørensen, JesperAssociate professor, research programme, 527


Moesgård, where the Department of Anthropology and the Department of Archaeology and Heritage Studies are based (photo: Moesgård Foto).

2018.03.07 | Awards, Antropologi, Arkæologi, Religionsvidenskab, Teologi

Three subject areas ranked among the top 50 in the world

Three of the subject areas taught at the School of Culture and Society have been included in the top 50 on the latest QS ranking list.

2017.03.16 | Knowledge exchange, Religionsvidenskab

Peaceful co-existence between religions: how can this be achieved?

The experiences gained in both Indonesia and Denmark with regard to tolerance and co-existence between various religious and ethnic groups are to be discussed at a public round-table debate at Aarhus University on Monday 20 March.


Fri 11 Jan
10:00-13:00 | Aarhus University, Auditorium 3, Building 1441, Room 113
PhD defence: Simon Nørgaard Iversen
The Politics of Asceticism: An Analysis of the Political Spirituality of the Imperial Stoics