MA Religions of Asia and Africa: Buddhism, Islam and Others


Area of Studies




Degree (in English)


  • English
Course Duration

2 years (4 semesters)


Faculty of Oriental Studies

Tuition and Other Fees

Free of charge

Application Deadline(s)

from 06.06.2023 to 06.07.2023

Course Description

Course Profile

The unique study program “Religions of Asia and Africa: Buddhism, Islam and Others” at M.A. level focuses on studying a number of religions which for centuries have formed the basis for morality, legal principles and culture in Asia and Africa. The program provides a necessary comparative research perspective and facilitates dissemination of research results on the religions of Asia and Africa.

The program is of academic profile and is provided by the Faculty of Oriental Studies of the University of Warsaw, known for its 90-year experience in academic education about Asian/African cultures and languages. The program, conducted solely in English, is interdisciplinary in nature. It constitutes a unique combination of religious and Oriental studies within the discipline of culture and religious studies. Emphasis is placed on Buddhism and Islam which are contrasted with the background of other religions and in the context of their impact on society. In order to facilitate studying of Asian religions students learn one of the selected languages, Tibetan or Arabic, enabling them to better comprehend religious terminology.

During their studies students learn the methodology of religious studies and gain knowledge on the religious doctrines of Buddhism and Islam, as well as awareness of many other religions of Asia and Africa (religions of Ancient Egypt and Ancient East, Hinduism, Judaism, Taoism, Confucianism, Shintoism, Shamanism, Alevism, Karaism) and history of their dissemination, main figures, denominations, religious literature, arts and symbols, terminology, current issues and propagation of these religions in the West. Much space in the studies program is devoted to discussing the functions of religions in the society and implications of law applied in particular regions of Asia and Africa resulting from religions practiced there; discussing religious practices, rituals, conflicts and controversial issues resulting from religious background, examples of interreligious relations and dialogue.

Students may obtain individual tutoring (consultation, conducting research projects in cooperation with internationally recognized scholars etc.). The unique element of the program is the cycle of workshops, conducted in cooperation with followers of Buddhism and Islam, aimed at practical implementation of knowledge obtained during courses and establishing a direct dialogue facilitating mutual understanding. These workshops provide students with a chance to improve their skills and competences in communication with regard to culture and religion, understanding religious notions and symbols, as well as resolving religious conflicts and winning business partners.

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