Malaysia, however, was completely off my intellectual radar. I then made contact with scholars at the International Islamic University Malaysia IIUM in Kuala Lumpur, my future host institution, and mapped out a research agenda to study the way comparative religion is taught in Muslim-majority Malaysia.
My Fulbright year resembled an immersion study-abroad experience. Each semester I also team-taught a graduate course in the same department.
Interviews with students, faculty, staff, and public intellectuals filled out my ethnographic research. It is difficult to capture the impact my experience in Malaysia has had on my teaching and research. As a graduate student, I had learned that the teaching of religion is always embedded in the history and culture of a country.
Sitting in on classes at IIUM brought this insight home in a new way and reminded me of my own professional assumptions as a scholar of religious studies in the West. I hope to do the same for students on my campus in the United States, drawing on my research and interactions in Malaysia as a case study.
Comparative religion is the branch of the study of religions concerned with the systematic comparison of the doctrines and practices of the world's religions. The goal of this comparative religion site is to investigate whether or not world religions are complementary.
The end of my Fulbright was actually a new beginning for my professional development. I gained intimate knowledge of a different Muslim culture and fresh direction for scholarly activity, the fruits of which are just starting to mature.
For example, my classroom experience in Malaysia inspired me to write a few articles on the scholarship of teaching, a kind of academic work that I had never considered before. And drawing on my ethnographic research, I am also writing an account of the historical and cultural conditions that contribute to the way comparative religion is taught in the country.
Now Malaysia, along with the Middle East, occupies an important place in my mental landscape. Accessibility We are committed to providing equal access to library collections, services, and facilities for all library users. Digital Scholarship Examples of digital scholarship at the UW and where to get assistance with any phase of your project.
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