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

South Asian religions; Islam; religious / non-violence; the body, religion & modernity

Megan Adamson Sijapati is a scholar of 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.

Dr. Sijapati conducts research in South Asia and North America, and has studied and collaborated with scholars, writers, and activists in India, Nepal, Oman, Kosovo, Serbia, Egypt, Morocco, and the Netherlands. In the summer of 2018 she guest directed a graduate seminar on Religion and Society at the Nepa School of Arts & Humanities in Kathmandu. In 2017 she was awarded an NEH grant to participate in a summer institute on Islam in Asia. Megan serves on the Executive Board of the South Asian Muslim Studies Association and the American Academy of Religion's Steering Committee for the Religion and Body unit. She was recently elected to the South Asia Council at the Association for Asian Studies.

Megan co-chaired the college's Globalization Studies program from 2014-17 and served on its Advisory Committee from 2009-18. She is a founding member of the Advisory Committee for Middle East & Islamic Studies (MEIS). She also serves on the Peace & Justice Studies Advisory Committee and was a Community-Based Learning fellow with the Center for Public Service. She is currently in her third year as Chair of the Department of Religious Studies.

Her publications include:

(book 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. Dec. 2020).

(article under contract): " 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 Asian 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 of publications see C.V.

Courses Taught