The is a representative list of courses offered by the department and should not be used for schedule planning. For accurate and up-to-date course listings and information, Duke students should log into ACES.

Spring 2015

Course Title Instructor Section Time Room
RELIGION 80S
Sp Top In Writing Cho, Yasmin 01 TuTh 06:15 PM-07:30 PM Friedl Bdg 216

Course Description

Various topics with diverse readings and intensive writing. Instructor: Staff
RELIGION 89S
First-year Seminar (top) Lieber, Laura 01 M 01:25 PM-04:20 PM Gray 319

Course Description

Topics vary each semester offered. Instructor: Staff
RELIGION 101
Intro To Religious Studies Goldman, Shalom 01 TuTh 11:45 AM-01:00 PM Gray 228

Course Description

Introduction to leading themes and concepts in the study of religions from the ancient world to the present. Course is divided into two parts: 1) what is religion? and 2) how is religion studied? A variety of religious traditions are examined as well as various theories and definitions of religion. Includes exploration of key ways in which different religions understand such social problems as violence and ideological conflict. Instructor: Staff
RELIGION 175
Religions Of Asia Kaplan, Uri 01 WF 03:05 PM-04:20 PM Soc/Psych 020

Course Description

Problems and methods in the study of religion, followed by a survey of the historical development, beliefs, practices, ethics, and contemporary significance of the Islamic religion and religions of south and east Asia. Instructor: Staff
RELIGION 212
Jews And Muslims Zinger, Oded 01 TuTh 10:05 AM-11:20 AM Languages 312

Course Description

This course will explore the relationship between Judaism and Islam from Muhammad's initial encounter with the Jews of Medina until the 13th century, a period in which the majority of Jews in the world lived under Islamic rule. Striking a balance between the examination of the relationship between these two rich religious traditions and the investigation into the historical experiences of Jews, this course will examine the shared cultural heritage of the two religions, the legal position of Jews in Islam and medieval works of polemics. Through the documents of the Cairo Geniza, we will explore the everyday realities of Jews thoroughly embedded in the surrounding Islamic and Arab culture. Instructor: Staff
RELIGION 213S
Shamanism & Spirit Posession Freeman, John 01 TuTh 10:05 AM-11:20 AM Biddle 086

Course Description

Anthropological, psychological, and Religious Studies approaches to cross-cultural study of spirit possession and shamanism. Examination of in-depth case-studies and comparative works, from both literate civilizations and non-literate cultures. Engage with contemporary concerns with nature and boundaries of personhood and embodiment and their relation to leadership. Instructor: Freeman
RELIGION 219S
Muslim Women Across The Ages Hassan, Mona 01 MW 01:25 PM-02:40 PM Perkins 079

Course Description

This course explores the diverse realities of Muslim women's lives, from the origins of Islam to the present, through autobiographical and biographical accounts situated in their social, economic, political, and cultural contexts. The women we will encounter through textual and audiovisual materials represent a wide range of personal backgrounds, including scholars, mystics, merchants, philanthropists, poets, slavegirls, feminists, and Islamists. We will metaphorically travel across the globe and time to understand the multifarious facets of Muslim women's lived experiences. Instructor: Hassan
RELIGION 240SL
W Afr Rootholds In Dance Vinesett, Ava LaVonne 001 Tu 01:25 PM-02:55 PM Bivins 214

Course Description

Lecture and dance laboratory exploring three West African traditional dance forms and their relationship to religious and social life in Africa and the Diaspora. Continuity and transformation of physical texts as cultural heritage, examined historically and aesthetically. Guest lecturers, videos, research project. Two lab sections, one for students with prior training in African Dance, and one for students with no experience. Instructor: A. Vinesett
RELIGION 240SL
W Afr Rootholds In Dance Johnson, Medina 01L TuTh 04:40 PM-06:10 PM Hull St 104

Course Description

Lecture and dance laboratory exploring three West African traditional dance forms and their relationship to religious and social life in Africa and the Diaspora. Continuity and transformation of physical texts as cultural heritage, examined historically and aesthetically. Guest lecturers, videos, research project. Two lab sections, one for students with prior training in African Dance, and one for students with no experience. Instructor: A. Vinesett
RELIGION 240SL
W Afr Rootholds In Dance Vinesett, Ava LaVonne 02L MW 06:15 PM-07:45 PM Ark 101

Course Description

Lecture and dance laboratory exploring three West African traditional dance forms and their relationship to religious and social life in Africa and the Diaspora. Continuity and transformation of physical texts as cultural heritage, examined historically and aesthetically. Guest lecturers, videos, research project. Two lab sections, one for students with prior training in African Dance, and one for students with no experience. Instructor: A. Vinesett
RELIGION 261
Med Christianity In Film/fictn Dubois, Katharine 01 M 06:30 PM-09:00 PM Carr 114

Course Description

Exploration of modern popular fictional representations of Christianity in the Middle Ages, including novels and films. Comparison with original medieval sources to understand relationship between present-day interpretations and actual medieval practice, and what this reveals about both cultures. Of particular concern: ethical issues concerning Christianity and violence, wealth, power and notions of democracy and modernity. Instructor: Dubois.
RELIGION 262
Dante's Divine Comedy Eisner, Martin 01 TuTh 10:05 AM-11:20 AM Social Sciences 136

Course Description

A voyage through the three otherworldly places of Dante's philosophical poem (Hell, Purgatory, Paradise) whose transformation of human actions into an ordered ethical system continues to captivate readers. Instructor: Eisner
RELIGION 276S
Religion And Race Peters, Melvin 01 MW 03:05 PM-04:20 PM Old Chem 201

Course Description

Seminar version of Religion 276. Instructor: Peters
RELIGION 278S
Epics Of India Prasad, Leela 01 W 10:05 AM-12:35 PM Divinity 0014

Course Description

Wide variety of epics across linguistic, geographical, and community orientations. Moral discourses, literary theory relating to epic form, performance traditions and media representations of epic narrative, and connections between political ideology and epic visions. Consent of instructor required. Instructor: Prasad
RELIGION 279
Gandhi: Image And Reflection Prasad, Leela 01 Tu 10:05 AM-12:35 PM Perkins 070

Course Description

Amidst exuberant image production, how might we read Gandhi himself today? Study of Gandhi in the popular imaginary through two streams: first, a selection of Gandhi s own writings to understand how Gandhi formulates an ethical and political practice based on self-cultivation and accountability to the collective. Second, depictions of Gandhi s life and of Gandhi-like figures in film, print media, and other visual representations of the Gandhian way. Considers the aesthetic, ethical, and social meanings of Gandhian symbols such as the spinning wheel and homespun cloth, the ashram, and the ascetic. Course also more broadly explores how visual and material worlds connect with the moral. Instructor: Prasad
RELIGION 290
Special Topics Prigiotti, Giuseppe 01 W 03:05 PM-04:20 PM
F 03:05 PM-04:20 PM
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Course Description

Topics vary from semester to semester. Instructor: Staff
RELIGION 290S
Special Topics McCarty, Michael Brett 02 TuTh 01:25 PM-02:40 PM Perkins 059

Course Description

Seminar version of Religion 290. Instructor: Staff
RELIGION 327S
Tibetan Buddhism Need, David 01 Tu 07:30 PM-10:00 PM Gray 220

Course Description

Introduces students to history, practice, culture, and ethics of Tibetan Buddhism; contents include overview of Indian Buddhist practice and ethics; historical overview of Tibetan Buddhism with a focus on connections between the construction of Buddhist ideal types (lama and yogin) and political power; Tibetan Buddhist Philosophy; Buddhist transformation of ethical, social and cultural forms, including the shaman/king and gift exchange patterns, and analysis of the function of lineage within the construction of Tibetan polities and social order; readings include textbook surveys, biography and philosophical texts and poetry. Instructor: Need
RELIGION 342
The Holocaust Duffy, Eve 01 TuTh 11:45 AM-01:00 PM Gray 220

Course Description

Antisemitism and the Jewish question in Central Europe, the development of Nazi policy, the Final Solution in its different sites (ghetto, labor camps, extermination camps) and institutions (SS, Judenrat), the Holocaust's legacy. Historiographical debates and documentary research. Class might take field trip to the Holocaust Museum in Washington DC. Instructor: Hacohen
RELIGION 360
Jesus In Film Goodacre, Mark 01 TuTh 10:05 AM-11:20 AM Physics 130

Course Description

Studies a variety of cinematic and television films that focus on Jesus; compares and contrasts documentary approaches with dramatic depictions; views the films alongside scholarship on Christian origins and asks what these films reveal about their creators, their social locations and their source material; investigates the reception of these films in both academic and popular culture. Instructor: Goodacre
RELIGION 374S
Muslim Philosophy And Theology Kadivar, Mohsen 01 MW 04:40 PM-05:55 PM Social Sciences 105

Course Description

Philosophy and theology as the foundation of Shari'a law; Islamic philosophy as a part of medieval philosophy under the influence of Plato, Aristotle and Plotinus. Impact on western philosophers such as Thomas Aquinas; major concepts, issues of Islamic philosophy and translation of two trends: from Greek to Arabic, from Arabic to western languages. Brief discussion on mysticism, ethics and politics. Instructor: Kadivar
RELIGION 381
Rumi: Mysticism And Poetry Safi, Omid 01 W 04:55 PM-07:55 PM Franklin Center 028

Course Description

Rumi, the iconic poet of Persian Islamic tradition; course examines his writings, context, and legacy. Involves students research. Encourages students to cultivate critical skills by assessing relevant scholarship and developing multidisciplinary methodologies. All readings in English; no previous coursework or command of Persian/Arabic required. Instructor: Safi
RELIGION 384S
Islam In The Americas Hassan, Mona 01 MW 03:05 PM-04:20 PM Social Sciences 107

Course Description

Explores how Muslim communities live and practice Islam in the American context. Examines diverse Muslim communities emerging from transatlantic exploration, trade in slaves, and migration as well as indigenous conversion. Discussion of religious and cultural identities of American Muslim peoples and consideration of questions of communal organization, religious authority, gender dynamics, youth culture, political and civic engagement, as well as American Muslim comedy and entertainment. Examination of impact of 9/11 upon American Muslims, their responses to the tragedy, and Americans' shifting perceptions of Islam and Muslims Instructor: Hassan
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