Department of Religious Studies and Arabic

Prof M Clasquin-Johnson

College of Human Sciences
School of Humanities
Department: Religious Studies and Arabic
Tel: 012 429 4793


  • D Litt et Phil (Religious Studies) (Unisa, 2000)
  • MA (Religious Studies) (Unisa, 1993)
  • Hons BA (Science of Religion) (Unisa, 1991)
  • BA (Psychology and Science of Religion) (Unisa, 1990)

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Fields of academic interests

  • Buddhism
  • Religion and Popular Culture

Field of Specialisation

  • Buddhism in South Africa
  • Modern Buddhist history (c. 1850 - current)
  • Buddhist religious ritual
  • Research Methodology in Religious Studies
  • New Religious Movements - 19th century
  • New Religious Movements - 20th and 21st century

Journal articles

  • Towards a Metamodern Academic Study of Religion and a More Religiously Informed Metamodernism. HTS Higher Theological Studies. (73/3 April 2017)
  • Buddhism in Africa. in The Oxford Handbook of Contemporary Buddhism, edited by Michael Jerryson. Oxford University Press. 2016, pp 349-365.
  • Minister for a Day - Online Ordination and the Place of Religion in the 21st Century. Journal for the Study of Religions and Ideologies (15)45/Winter 2016.
  • Will the real Nigantha Nataputta please stand up? Reflections on the Buddha and his contemporaries. Journal for the Study of Religion. 28/1 March 2015.
  • "Once the Buddha was a Seagull" ... Reading Jonathan Livingston Seagull as a Mahayana Buddhist text. in Smit, J A & Kumar, P P (eds.) 2005. Study of Religion in South Africa. Essays in honour of G C Oosthuizen. (Numen Book Series 109). Leiden: Brill pp 19-32. Also printed in in Clasquin, M (ed.) 2003. Quagga Kultuur. Reflections on South African popular culture. Pretoria: Aurora Press. pp 113-124.

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