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
Ahlin, LarsAssociate, 527
Albinus, LarsAssociate, 524
Badr, Farida Aly AbbasTeaching Associate, 324
Borup, JørnAssociate professor, head of, 528
Christensen, Henrik ReintoftAssociate, 525
Christiansen, Johanne Louise VPart-time
Corboz, ElvireAssistant, 534
Elsayed, Ibrahim Shawky EltouhamyTeaching Assistant, 326
Fibiger, Marianne QvortrupAssociate, 529
Geertz, Armin W.Jens Christian Skou Senior, 111
Jensen, Hans Jørgen, 531
Jensen, Jeppe SindingAssociate, 525
Kühle, LeneProfessor with Special, 533
Larsen, Malik Christian ReimerResearch, 528
Mørch, ErikAssistant
Nielsen, Marie VejrupAssociate, 518
Olesen, Bjarne WernickeAssociated assistant, 528
Petersen, Anders KlostergaardProfessor with Special, 531
Riexinger, Martin ThomasAssociate, 520
Schjødt, Jens, 523
Schjødt, UffeAssociate, 522
Schleicher, MarianneAssociate, 526
Sedgwick, MarkProfessor with Special, 522
Sørensen, JesperAssociate professor, research programme, 527


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.

Associate professor Jesper Sørensen.

2017.01.24 | Religionsvidenskab

New research programme director at the Department of the Study of Religion

Jesper Sørensen is new research programme director from 1 January 2017


Fri 03 Nov
09:30-18:00 | Jens Chr. Skous Vej 3, Bldg. 1453, room 513
International Seminar on Asceticism
A wide range of international experts will be visiting Aarhus on this occasion. The seminar is open for all members of the Department of the Study of Religion, but you will need to sign up for it by the 28 October
Thu 09 Nov
18:00-20:00 | Aarhus University, Nobelauditorium (Building 1482, room 105)
Allegory and Commentary as ‘Second Order Thinking’
Keynote lecture by Jan Assmann as part of the Think2-Conference. All are welcome!
Thu 23 Nov
10:15-16:00 | Nobelparken, Campus Aarhus
MigMob-workshop: The institutionalization of religion among migrants