The Columbia University Seminar on Religion and Writing

The meetings of the Columbia University Seminar 751 (for the official website, see are usually held on Tuesdays in the Faculty House of Columbia University, 64 Morningside Drive, New York, N.Y. 10027 (for directions, click here).  They begin at 5.00 pm, and around 6.45 pm we will adjourn for dinner in the Faculty House.  If you wish to attend a seminar meeting, please email co-chair Elizabeth Powers (elizabethmpowers [at]

Schedule 2018-2019

October 2, 2018 – Richard W. Bulliet (Columbia University): Arabic Script and Popular Islam in the Southern Philippines

March 12, 2019 – Rachel Zohn Mincer (JTS): The Increasing Reliance on Ritual Handbooks in Late Medieval Ashkenaz

April 30, 2019 – Martin Elsky (Brooklyn College & CUNY Graduate Center)

Columbia University encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities.  University Seminar participants with disabilities who anticipate needing accommodations or who have questions about physical access may contact the Office of Disability Services (tel. 212-854-2388, disability [at]  Disability accommodations, including sign-language interpreters, are available on request.  Requests for accommodations must be made two weeks in advance.  On campus, Seminar participants with disabilities should alert a Public Safety Officer that they need assistance accessing campus.

Elizabeth Powers, co-chair
Independent Scholar
elizabethmpowers [at]

Dagmar A. Riedel, co-chair
Ehsan Yarshater Center for Iranian Studies
Columbia University
dar211 [at]

Please do not hesitate to contact the co-chairs, if you have any questions.  More information about the seminar’s history is available at  The abstracts of all talks since January 2012 are archived at

Last updated 14 February 2019