Professor Megan Adamson Sijapati specializes in the religious traditions of South Asia, particularly Islamic religious cultures, and also Hindu traditions. Her research & teaching areas are religion and modernity, religious revivalism, experience, materiality, space, violence/nonviolence, gender, and the body.
She is co-editor and author of the forthcoming book Religion and Modernity in the Himalaya (Routledge 2015), with Dr. Jessica Vantine Birkenholtz of the University of Illinois. The book brings together research essays from scholars working across the Himalayas--Tibet, India, Pakistan, Bhutan, and Nepal--to interrogate processes of modernization as they shape religious practices and discourses in the region, and vice versa, and to examine experiences of modernity as they are interwoven within these phenomena.
Dr. Sijapati's first book, Islamic Revival in Nepal: Religion and a New Nation (London and New York: Routledge, 2011, 2013), examines contemporary Muslim identity and the rise of Islamic revivalism in the post civil-war context of increased local identity politics and new global networks. It is based on her field research in Nepal between 2005-2010. In 2012 it was printed in a special Nepal edition. She was a Fulbright scholar in Nepal in 2005-2006 and travels there regularly, most recently in the summer of 2015.
Her other publications include “Mawdudi’s Islamic Revivalist Ideology and the Islami Sangh Nepal” in the journal Studies in Nepali History and Society (2012), “The National Muslim Forum Nepal: Experiences of Conflict, Formations of Identity” in Ethnic Conflict and Nationalism in Nepal: Identities and Mobilization after 1990 ed. by Mahendra Lawoti and Susan Hangen (London and New York: Routledge, 2012), and "Muslims in Nepal: The Local and Global Dimensions of a Changing Religious Minority" in the journal Religion Compass (2011). She is also the author of a number of encyclopedia articles in the Encyclopedia of Global Religion and the Encyclopedia of Islam (facts on file).
Here at Gettysburg College, she is Co-Chair of the Globalization Studies program and member of the advisory committee for the Middle East and Islamic Studies program. She served as faculty mentor for the college's Center for Public Service trip to Morocco on the topic of Islam and Women's Rights in 2015 and was faculty leader for the college's India seminar on Food and Global Health.
Dr. Sijapati is currently a member of the Executive Board of the South Asian Muslim Studies Association. From 2009-2013 she served on the Executive Council of the Association for Nepal and Himalayan Studies.
Megan Adamson Sijapati
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
religious traditions of South Asia, Islam