PhD University of California, Santa Barbara, 2007
MA University of Colorado, 2001
BA Colorado College, 1996
contemporary Islam; South Asia; the body; violence/non-violence; religion & modernity
Megan Adamson Sijapati focuses on issues and questions surrounding religion & modernity, violence & non-violence, religion and identity, revivalism & authority, space/place, the body, meditation, yoga, and digital religion. She specializes in Islam and Muslim cultures, Sufism, and Hinduism, particularly in South Asia and North America.
She is the 2019 recipient of the JCCTL Excellence in Teaching Award.
Megan was Chair of the Department of Religious Studies from 2017-2020 and 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 is currently Co-Chair of the Body in Religion Program Unit of the American Academy of Religion, and is on the Executive Board of the South Asian Muslim Studies Association.
Select publications include:
(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. 2021)
2021 book: Muslim Communities and Cultures of the Himalaya: Conceptualizing the Global Ummah. Co-editor with Jacqueline H. Fewkes. (London and New York: Routledge Press).
2021: "Diversity, Continuity, and Disjuncture: Approaching Multivocal Perspectives on Being Muslim in the Himalaya," co-author with JH Fewkes in Muslim Communities and Cultures of the Himalaya (London and New York: Routledge Press).
2019: "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)
2018: "Preparing for the House of God: Nepali Muslim Narratives of the Hajj," Himalaya 38, no. 2: 106-116.
2017: “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.
2016 book: “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, 1-25.
2013: “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), 102-20.
2012: “Mawdudi’s Islamic Revivalist Ideology and the Islami Sangh Nepal,” Studies in Nepali History and Society17, no. 1: 41-61.
2011 book: Islamic Revival in Nepal: Religion and a New Nation (London: Routledge). (Paperback & South Asia editions, 2012).
2011: “Muslims in Nepal: The Local and Global Dimensions of a Changing Religious Minority,” Religion Compass 5, no. 11: 656-65.
*for full list see C.V.