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M. Keely Sutton

M. Keely Sutton

Assistant Professor of Religion

M. Keely SuttonOffice:

Berte Humanities Building 120

Contact Information:

Box 549025
Birmingham-Southern College
900 Arkadelphia Rd
Birmingham, AL 35254
Office Phone: (205) 226-4973
Office Fax: (205) 226-3089

Brief Career Background:

Keely Sutton is Assistant Professor of Religion at Birmingham-Southern College. Prior to this, she has taught classes at Cape Fear Community College and Technical Institute in Wilmington, NC and at the University of Texas at Austin.

Educational Background:

BA in Philosophy and Religion, Appalachian State University 
MA in Religion, Wake Forest University 
Ph. D. in Asian Cultures and Languages, The University of Texas at Austin

Areas of Academic Interest:

My general areas of interest include South Asian religious traditions, religious boundaries and interactions, Islamic and Islamicate traditions (especially in South Asia), and Malayalam literature.

Research Interests:

My current area of research is the Muslim song literature of Kerala, India known as Mappila pattu. I am particularly interested in the ways in which this literature illustrates the development and shifting of religious boundaries over time, and how political and social pressures influence such shifts.


Courses Taught:

RE 222 Religions of Asia
A survey of the major religious traditions of Asia including Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism, Confucianism, Daoism, and Shinto. This course explores the major concepts, doctrines, and practices of each tradition in historical perspective. Emphasis will be placed on the examination of cross-cultural religious categories within each, such as salvation, ritual, gender, or ecology.

RE 275 Buddhism
A study of the Buddhist traditions from the life of the Buddha to modern times. The course explores the doctrines and practices of Buddhist traditions in historical and geographic context. Emphasis is placed on how the study of Buddhism in historical context contributes to our understanding of cross-cultural categories in the study of religion as well as the concept of "religion" itself.

RE E299 The Portrayal of Islamic Culture in Film (Exploration Term)

RE 210 Islamic Traditions and Cultures
An examination of the multiplicities of Islamic understandings, beliefs, and practices that exist throughout the world.  This course explores the doctrines and practices of Islamic traditions in historical and geographical contexts. Emphasis is placed on the ways in which Islam has been interpreted and practiced differently in locations such as the Middle East, South and Southeast Asia, and the US.

RE 150 Religious Conflict and Peace
An inquiry into the phenomena of religious conflict and peace and the social, historical, and cultural conditions that foster each phenomenon. Topics include the symbolism of religious violence; religious conflict, politics, and peace in South Asia; Gandhi; the value of religious pluralism.