Academic Profile : No longer with NTU

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Asst Prof Rafal Stepien
Assistant Professor, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies
Coordinator of MSc (Asian Studies) Programme, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS)
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Rafal K. Stepien is a scholar of religion, philosophy, and literature. His research is inter-disciplinary, cross-regional, and poly-glottic, ranging among Buddhist and Islamic texts composed in Sanskrit, Chinese, Arabic, and Persian. He is a primarily a specialist of Indian and Chinese Buddhist philosophy and literature, but cultivates a complementary interest in Arabic- and Persian-language Islamic philosophical and literary texts.

At Nanyang Technological University, Rafal is Assistant Professor in Comparative Religion within the Studies in Inter-Religious Relations in Plural Societies Programme (SRP) at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS). Previously, he was the inaugural Cihui Foundation Faculty Fellow in Chinese Buddhism at Columbia University, the inaugural Berggruen Research Fellow in Indian Philosophy at the University of Oxford, a Humboldt Research Fellow in Buddhist Studies at the Karl Jaspers Centre for Advanced Transcultural Studies at Heidelberg University, and Assistant Professor of Asian Religions at Hampshire College.

Rafal holds a BA with double major in English and Philosophy from the University of Western Australia; a BA and MA in Oriental Studies from the University of Oxford, an MPhil in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Cambridge, and an MA, MPhil, and PhD in East Asian Languages and Cultures (Religion) from Columbia University. He has also undertaken supplementary studies and research as an Exchange Scholar in the Committee on the Study of Religion at Harvard University, as a Visiting Scholar in the Cambridge Inter-faith Programme at the University of Cambridge, as a Visiting Researcher in the Centre of Buddhist Studies at the University of Hong Kong, and at Bologna, Damascus, Tehran, Esfehan, Peking, and Fo Guang Universities, among others.
• Indian and Chinese Buddhist Philosophy and Literature
• Arabic and Persian Islamic Philosophy and Literature
• South and East Asian Religions
• Comparative Religion and Philosophy of Religion
Courses Taught
AS6043 Asian Religions, Interreligious Relations, and Conflict

AS6030 Encountering Religions in Plural Societies: Comparative and Contrastive Perspectives