I am a scholar of religion who specializes in traditions of South Asia. My ongoing scholarly interests are in issues of modernity, religious revivalism and authority, religious experience, materiality, space, violence/non-violence, gender, and the body.
My forthcoming co-edited book Religion and Modernity in the Himalaya (Routledge 2015) 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.
My first book is based on research I conducted in Nepal between 2005 and 2011. Islamic Revival in Nepal: Religion and a New Nation (London and New York: Routledge, 2011) examines the ways Nepal's Muslim minority community worked to mobilize, engage, and recast Islam in a widely diverse field of competition for minority rights and recognition following the opening of the public sphere and transition to secularism in a post-civil war setting.
Currently I serve as co-Chair of the Globalization Studies program here at Gettysburg College and am a member of the Board of the South Asian Muslim Studies Association.
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
South Asia, Islam