Organization Description

Combined, the faculty in Philosophy and Religious Studies represent the religious and philosophical traditions of the West, the Middle East, South Asia and East Asia. Students learn to appreciate different responses to questions of ultimate meaning, ethics, how to lead a good and happy life, and life beyond material existence.

March 15, 2022
Katharina von Kellenbach, professor emerita of religious studies, has a new book, co-edited with Matthias Buschmeier. "Guilt: A Force of Cultural Transformation" (Oxford University Press, 2022). According to the abstract, the book "investigates the role of guilt in the global discussion of specific… Find Out More
September 21, 2021
Professor of History and Religious Studies Betül Başaran recently had a chapter published in the 26th volume of Brill’s Companions to European History, “A Companion to Early Modern Istanbul.”

Başaran’s chapter in the volume is entitled “Crime, Violence and Urban Policing” and emphasizes the… Find Out More
February 11, 2021
Professor of Religious Studies Katharina von Kellenbach’s entry titled “Feminism” will be published by the Encyclopedia of Jewish Christian Relations.Jewish-Christian relations can look back on more than half a century of striking achievements. There are now initiatives and centers all over the… Find Out More
April 20, 2020
Professor of Religious Studies Betül Başaran has won a three-month Fulbright Global Scholar Research award for the Spring 2021 Semester to conduct critically important archival research in England and India for her book project on the legacy and impact of Princesses Niloufer (1916-1989) and… Find Out More
November 8, 2019
Professor of Religious Studies Katharina von Kellenbach gave the 2019 Krister Stendahl Memorial Lecture on October 31 in Stockholm, Sweden. The lecture's title was “Guilt as a Productive Force in the Transformation of Jewish-Christian Relations.” The Krister Stendahl Memorial Lecture is a yearly… Find Out More
October 21, 2019
In a special presentation on Friday, October 18, the St. Mary’s College of Maryland Board of Trustees recognized the following faculty promotions.


Promotion to Full Professor:


Betül Başaran (religious studies) joined the St. Mary’s College faculty in 2005. She is a scholar of the Ottoman… Find Out More
May 3, 2019
St. Mary’s College of Maryland Associate Professor of Religious Studies Betül Başaran hosted a session of Material Witness on April 25 at the Deck B. Seminar Room at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C.


Titled “Cross-Cultural Intimacy and Marriage between Europeans and Ottoman… Find Out More
April 23, 2019
Katharina von Kellenbach, professor of religious studies at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, has been appointed to the 2019-2020 Corcoran Visiting Chair in Christian-Jewish Relations at Boston College’s Center for Christian-Jewish Learning. Kellenbach is currently convener of the ZIF Research Group… Find Out More
March 5, 2019
Associate Professor of Religious Studies Betül Başaran will give a talk on Princess Niloufer (1916-1989) at the Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building, on Tuesday, March 12 at noon as a part of Women’s History Month.


“Ottoman Princess Brides: Princess Niloufer in Hyderabad and Visual… Find Out More
May 14, 2018
Betül Başaran, associate professor of religious studies, received a fellowship at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C. for the academic year 2018-19, in support of her sabbatical project, “Cross-Cultural Intimacy and Marriage between Europeans and Ottoman Women in the Early Modern Era… Find Out More