Megan Adamson Sijapati

My ongoing scholarly and teaching interests are in issues of religion and modernity; violence and non-violence; religious revivalism and authority; materiality; space; gender; identity politics; and the body. My regional and area specializations are South Asia, Islam and Hinduism.

In addition to teaching and advising students in the Religious Studies department, I am on the Advisory Committees for Middle East and Islamic Studies and for Globalization Studies, which I co-chaired from 2013-2016.

Select publications


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.

Articles and chapters:

“Muslim Belonging in Hindu South Asia: Ambivalence and Difference in Nepali Public Discourses,” The Journal of Society and Culture in South Asia (forthcoming 2017).

“Modern Religiosities and Religious Modernities: Views from the Himalaya,” in Religion and Modernity in the Himalaya, editors 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.

 “Buddhism and Islam”, “Pakistan”, “Jamaat-i Islami”, “Islam in Nepal,” Encyclopedia of Islam, Juan E. Campo, editor. (NY: Facts on File, Revised Edition, forthcoming December 2015)

“Nepal,” Worldmark Encyclopedia of Religious Practices, 2nd edition Vol. 3 (Farmingham Mills, MI: Gage, 2014). Revised entry.

“Mawdudi’s Islamic Revivalist Ideology and the Islami Sangh Nepal,” SINHAS (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.

“Bangladesh,” “Nepal,” “Bhutan,” Encyclopedia of Global Religion, Mark Juergensmeyer and Wade Clark Roof, editors. (Los Angeles: Sage Publications, 2011).

“Festivals and Holidays in Nepali America,” Encyclopedia of Asian American Folklore and Folklife, Jonathon H.X. Lee and Kathleen Nadeau, editors. (Greenwood Press, 2011).

“Shaikh Ahmad Sirhindi,” “Nizam ad-din Awliya,” “Ibrahim ibn Adham,” “Pakistan,” “Naqshbandiyya Sufis,” “Jamaat-i Islami,” “Buddhism and Islam,” “Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi,” Encyclopedia of Islam, Juan E. Campo, editor. (NY: Facts on File, 2009).

Gregory Price Grieve.  Retheorizing Religion in Nepal.  New York: Palgrave MacMillan, The Journal of Religion, 88: 138–140, January 2008.

“The Tablighi Jamaat and Gender:  Women, Narrative, and the Religious Discourse of Struggle in an Indian Muslim Reform Movement,” Vikalp, Mumbai, India: Vikas Ahdhyayan Kendra, November 2004. 



Megan Adamson Sijapati

Megan Adamson Sijapati
Chairperson/Associate Professor, Religious Studies

Phone: (717) 337 - 6790

Box: Campus Box 0408

Address: Weidensall Hall
Room 303
300 North Washington St.
Gettysburg, PA 17325-1400

PhD University of California, Santa Barbara, 2007
MA University of Colorado, 2001
BA Colorado College , 1996

Academic Focus:
South Asia, Islam