Religious Studies

Megan Adamson Sijapati


Religious Studies



Campus Box 0408


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

contemporary Islam; South Asia; religious violence/non-violence; the body, religion & modernity

Professor Sijapati researches and teaches about contemporary religion, particularly Islam and Muslim cultures, with interest in religion & modernity, violence & non-violence, revivalism & authority, space/place, the body, South Asia, the Himalayas, and Nepal.

She is the 2019 recipient of the JCCTL Excellence in Teaching Award.

She is current Chair of the Department of Religious Studies and was Co-Chair of the Globalization Studies from 2014-17 (serving on its Advisory Committee from 2009-18). She is a founding (and continuing) member of the Advisory Committee for Middle East & Islamic Studies (MEIS). She also serves on the Peace & Justice Studies Advisory Committee. She has two years of experience as a Community-Based Learning Fellow through the Center for Public Service.

Beyond the college, Dr. Sijapati serves on the Executive Board of the South Asian Muslim Studies Association and is Co-Chair of the American Academy of Religion's Program Unit on Religion and the Body. She is also an elected member of the South Asia Council at the Association for Asian Studies.

Select publications include:

(under contract): Muslim Communities and Cultures of the Himalaya: Conceptualizing the Global Ummah. Co-editor with Jacqueline H. Fewkes. (London and New York: Routledge Press, expected pub. winter 2020).

(under contract, in preparation) "The Instrumentality of the Body in American Sufism" In The Religious Body Imagined eds Pamela Winfield and Mina Garcia (Equinox Press, expected pub. fall 2020)

 "Sufi Remembrance Practices in the Meditation Marketplace of a Mobile App" In Anthropological Perspectives on the Religious Uses of Mobile Apps. Fewkes J. (ed) (Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan, October 2019)

"Preparing for the House of God: Nepali Muslim Narratives of the Hajj," Himalaya 38, no. 2 (2018): 106-116.

“Muslim Belonging in Hindu South Asia: Ambivalence and Difference in Nepali Public Discourses,” Society and Culture in South Asia 3, no. 2 (August 2017): 198-219. 

“Modern Religiosities and Religious Modernities: Views from the Himalaya,” in Religion and Modernity in the Himalaya, eds. M A Sijapati and J V Birkenholtz (London: Routledge, 2016).

Religion and Modernity in the Himalaya.Co-ed. with J V Birkenholtz (London: Routledge, 2016).

“From Heavy Beads to Safety Pins: Adornment and Religiosity in Hindu Women’s Pote Practices” co-author with T Harris. Material Religion: The Journal of Objects, Art and Belief. 12:1 (2016): 1-25.

Islamic Revival in Nepal: Religion and a New Nation (London: Routledge, 2011). (South Asia edition, 2012).

“The National Muslim Forum Nepal: Experiences of Conflict, Formations of Identity,” in Nationalism and Ethnic Conflict in Nepal: Identities and Mobilization after 1990, eds. M. Lawoti and S. Hangen (London and New York, Routledge: 2013), 102-20.

“Mawdudi’s Islamic Revivalist Ideology and the Islami Sangh Nepal,” Studies in Nepali History and Society17, no. 1 (2012): 41-61.

“Muslims in Nepal: The Local and Global Dimensions of a Changing Religious Minority,” Religion Compass 5, no. 11 (2011): 656-65.

*for full list see C.V.

Courses Taught