My ongoing scholarly and teaching interests are in religion and modernity; violence and non-violence; religious revivalism and authority; materiality; space; gender; the body. My regional and area specializations are South Asia, Islam and Hinduism.
In addition to my work in the Religious Studies department I also serve on the Faculty Advisory Committees for Middle East & Islamic Studies, Globalization Studies, and Peace & Justice Studies and teach & advise in these programs.
Selected publications (since 2010):
Religion and Modernity in the Himalaya. Co-editor with Jessica Vantine Birkenholtz (London and New York: Routledge, 2016).
Islamic Revival in Nepal: Religion and a New Nation (London and New York: Routledge, 2011). Paperback South Asian edition, 2012. Paperback US & UK edition, 2013.
Review of Afsar Muhammad, Festival of Pirs: Popular Islam and Shared Devotion in South India (New York: Oxford University Press, 2013) in Religions of South Asia 12, no.1 (forthcoming 2018).
Review of David N. Gellner, Sondra L. Hausner, and Chiara Letizia, eds., Religion, Secularism, and Ethnicity in Contemporary Nepal (New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2016) in Pacific Affairs 91, no. 2 (forthcoming June 2018).
“Muslim Belonging in Hindu South Asia: Ambivalence and Difference in Nepali Public Discourses,” The Journal of Society and Culture in South Asia 3, no. 2 (August 2017): 198-219. https://doi.org/10.1177/2393861717705918..
“Modern Religiosities and Religious Modernities: Views from the Himalaya,” in Religion and Modernity in the Himalaya, eds. Megan Adamson Sijapati and Jessica Vantine Birkenholtz (London and New York: Routledge, 2016).
“From Heavy Beads to Safety Pins: Adornment and Religiosity in Hindu Women’s Pote Practices” co-author with Tina Harris. Material Religion: The Journal of Objects, Art and Belief. 12:1 (2016): 1-25. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17432200.2015.1120089
“Mawdudi’s Islamic Revivalist Ideology and the Islami Sangh Nepal,” Studies in Nepali History and Society) 17 no. 1, 2012.
“The National Muslim Forum Nepal: Experiences of Conflict, Formations of Identity,” in Mahendra Lawoti and Susan Hangen, editors, Nationalism and Ethnic Conflict in Nepal: Identities and Mobilization after 1990. (London and New York: Routledge, 2012).
“Muslims in Nepal: The Local and Global Dimensions of a Changing Religious Minority,” Religion Compass 5, no. 11 (2011): 656-665.
Megan Adamson Sijapati
Chairperson/Associate Professor, Religious Studies
Phone: (717) 337 - 6790
Box: Campus Box 0408
300 North Washington St.
Gettysburg, PA 17325-1400
PhD University of California, Santa Barbara, 2007
MA University of Colorado, 2001
BA Colorado College , 1996
South Asian religions; Islam; religious violence and non-violence; the body in religion, religion and modernity; Nepal & the Himalaya