Department of Religion Studies Department of Religion Studies


Department of Religion Studies

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Religion is an inherent part of the heritage of humankind and continues to play a very significant role in all societies. The Department of Religion Studies focuses on diverse religions including Christianity, Islam, Judaism, African and Eastern religions.  All of these faith traditions have for millennia, in their own unique way articulated the human search for meaning and continue to do so. In order to fully appreciate the rich diversity of people’s religious expressions and to find out what the sense of such expressions is for our contemporary societies, we at UJ embrace the study of religion through scientific approaches and in an unbiased manner.​

Our Department has highly qualified and professionally trained academic and administrative staff. In order to inquire about their strong points and their individual research interests, or if you would like to make p​ersonal contact with someone, please click on “contact us” for details and contact information of each staff member. Under “Courses and programmes” (both under- and postgraduate) you will find a summary of the learning and research programmes currently offered by our Department. We invite prospective students to become part of our rich and stimulating learning and research environment.  

The Department of Religion Studies hosts weekly events and seminars - Please email Charlene Louw for more details



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