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 2016

Course Title Instructor Section Time Room
RELIGION 80S
Sp Top In Writing Miller, Alyssa 01 TuTh 08:30 AM-09:45 AM White 106

Course Description

Various topics with diverse readings and intensive writing. Instructor: Staff
RELIGION 80S
Sp Top In Writing Miller, Alyssa 01 TuTh 08:30 AM-09:45 AM White 106

Course Description

Various topics with diverse readings and intensive writing. Instructor: Staff
RELIGION 101
Intro To Religious Studies Winters II, Joseph 01 MW 03:05 PM-04:20 PM Gray 220

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 150
Christianity Walsh, Erin 01 M 04:55 PM-07:25 PM Social Sciences 119

Course Description

Introduction to Christian doctrine, ritual, social organization and ethics in the past and present. Instructor: Van Rompay or staff
RELIGION 211S
Religion And Culture In Korea Kim, Hwansoo 01 Th 10:05 AM-12:35 PM Social Sciences 109

Course Description

Introduction to Shamanism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Daoism, Christianity, and new religions in Korea from ancient times to the present. Examination of religious traditions in close relationships with social, economic, political, and cultural environments in Korean society. Examination of religious tensions, philosophical arguments, and ethical issues that indigenous and foreign religions in Korea have engaged throughout history to maximize their influence in Korean society. Instructor: Hwansoo Kim
RELIGION 212
Jews And Muslims Zinger, Oded 01 MW 10:05 AM-11:20 AM Social Sciences 109

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 244
Dance/religion In Asia/africa Shah, Purnima 01 MW 11:45 AM-01:00 PM Friedl Bdg 240

Course Description

Dance and dance-theatre forms in relation to religious beliefs, concepts, and mystic practices within Asian and African cultures. How religion shapes the way the body is perceived, and how spiritual power and energy is symbolically transmitted to the dancer through religious practices. Impact of colonialism and globalization on traditional religious performances. Instructors: Shah and Vinesett
RELIGION 247
T'ai Chi And Chinese Thought Need, David 01 M 06:30 PM-09:00 PM Gray 220

Course Description

The philosophy, cosmology, and other aspects of traditional Chinese thought embodied in the martial art of T'ai Chi. Course conducted through readings and lectures as well as actual movement praxis. Comparisons between Western bio-medical notions of the body and those implied by T'ai Chi and other facets of Chinese thought and practice, such as Chinese medicine. Instructor: Staff
RELIGION 248
Hip Hop And Religion Winters II, Joseph 01 MW 11:45 AM-01:00 PM Old Chem 116

Course Description

For many people, hip-hop and religion are incompatible. Hip-hop seems to be defined by materialism, arrogance, violence, misogyny, and a general rejection of sacred ideals and values. In this course, we will challenge these assumptions by exploring the intersections between hip hop and religion, while questioning what these terms mean and signify. We will examine aspects of hip-hop (rap lyrics, video images, cultural rituals, films) that explicitly or implicitly express religious commitments and sensibilities. Instructor: Winters
RELIGION 258
Religion & Novel In India Prasad, Leela 02 Tu 03:05 PM-05:35 PM Gray 220

Course Description

The novel has not only come of age in modern India but has also innovated on the form, indigenized it, and influenced world literature. Course examines how the Indian novel explores lived religious experience in all its staggering diversity. Taking novels written in English and translated from Indian languages, literary theory and film, course asks: How are human experiences, memories, and imagination of the sacred evoked in novels written during the twilight of British colonial rule in South Asia, the Partition and independence and the ongoing globalizing postcolonial era? Writers include Bankim Chandra, Tagore, Premchand, Raja Rao, Anantamurthy, R.K. Narayan, S. Rushdie. Instructor: Prasad
RELIGION 261
Med Christianity In Film/fictn Dubois, Katharine 01 M 06:30 PM-09:00 PM Carr 103

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 Gray 228

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 263
Mystical Literature Shakhly, Abdul Sattar 01 Tu 03:05 PM-05:35 PM Franklin Center 028

Course Description

Explore & examine the tradition of mysticism in literature of the Arab/Muslim world and among British and American writers. Introduce students to numerous genres and literary works that manifest a deep religious attitude or experience as a way of life and cross-cultural phenomenon. Focus on selected works from Muslim writers, American & British writers as example of mystics- or Sufis outside the traditional Church. Reveal the recurrent theme of direct, intuitional experience of God through unifying love. Instructor: Jawad
RELIGION 278S
Epics Of India Prasad, Leela 01 Th 10:05 AM-12:35 PM Gray 220

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 281
Beat Generation Spirituality Need, David 01 Tu 06:30 PM-09:00 PM Social Sciences 107

Course Description

Places Beat Generation spirituality in its contexts by study of sources and texts that influenced individual figures, specifically, the reading, world view, and practice of Kerouac, Snyder, Ginsberg, Burroughs, and di Prima; identifies the Asian and Native American texts and translations available to Americans in the post-war era and outlines Western influences (Thoreau, Spengler, Skinner, Reich, Neitzsche), reading these in relation to key mythemes of American identity and destiny in the post-War era. Instructor: Need
RELIGION 325S
Modern Korean Buddhism Kim, Hwansoo 01 M 12:00 PM-02:35 PM Soc/Psych 127

Course Description

History, thought and practice of Buddhism in Korea from nineteenth century to present. Topics include colonial Buddhism; relationship with Christianity and Japanese Buddhism; reform movements; post-colonial factionalism; North Korea; critical role of nuns; response to Westernization of society; temples in America. Attention to influence of religious persecution, colonialism, modernity, nationalism, democracy, and globalization on Buddhist reformers, institutions, practices, and rituals. Readings drawn largely from primary sources (in translation), supplemented by secondary works. No prior knowledge of Korean language/culture/Buddhism required. Instructor: Hwansoo Kim
RELIGION 340
Jewish History, 1492-present Hacohen, Malachi 01 WF 10:05 AM-11:20 AM Biddle 101

Course Description

Major developments in Jewish history from the early modern period to today. The Kehillah, the Spanish-Jewish Diaspora, the rise of Polish Jewry, the Safed Kabbalah, Sabbatianism, the emergence of the Chassidut, the Haskalah (Jewish Enlightenment), Emancipation and the nation state, Reform Judaism, economic modernization, racial antisemitism, Zionism, the Holocaust, the State of Israel, flourishing Jewish pluralism in the United States, the future: nation and Diaspora? Instructor: Hacohen
RELIGION 342
The Holocaust Duffy, Eve 01 WF 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 376
Islamic Civilization Ii Safi, Omid 01 Th 04:55 PM-07:45 PM Franklin Center 028

Course Description

Continuation of Religion 375. Instructor: Hassan or staff
RELIGION 378
Islam In Asia Tuna, Mustafa 01 TuTh 10:05 AM-11:20 AM Languages 207

Course Description

Focus on the northern tier of Muslim-inhabited lands. The early spread of Islam among continental Asia s non-Arab peoples. The evolution of Muslim religious and cultural institutions under Mongol, Central Asian, Russian and Chinese empires. Asian Muslim encounters with European modernity and experience of Muslims under and after Soviet/Chinese socialist regimes. Instructor: Tuna
RELIGION 380
Muslim World Yolacan, Serkan 01 TuTh 04:40 PM-05:55 PM Friedl Bdg 204

Course Description

The diversity of social practices within the community of Islam. Particular emphasis on gender relations, religious movements, diaspora communities, and social change. Instructor: Staff
RELIGION 380
Muslim World Yolacan, Serkan 01 TuTh 04:40 PM-05:55 PM Friedl Bdg 204

Course Description

The diversity of social practices within the community of Islam. Particular emphasis on gender relations, religious movements, diaspora communities, and social change. Instructor: Staff
RELIGION 386S
Local Islams McLarney, Ellen 01 W 11:45 AM-02:15 PM Franklin Center 230

Course Description

A hands-on introduction to the Sufi, Salafi, Sunni, Shia, and Nation of Islam Muslims in the area and to the diverse locales, ethnicities, and practices of the Muslim community at large. A scholarly examination of Islam in America, African American Islam, mosque and school, interfaith and pluralism, and Islamic feminism. Includes field trips and group projects in the local community, films and literature about American Islam. Students will forge local relationships that will deepen and enrich your intellectual understanding of Islam, Muslims, and America. Instructor: McLarney
RELIGION 388S
Muslim Ethics And Islamic Law Kadivar, Mohsen 01 MW 04:40 PM-05:55 PM Social Sciences 105

Course Description

Premodern judicial arrangements and the contestations surrounding their modern incarnations. Topics include bioethics, gender and family law, war and peace, environmental issues, and political ethics. Instructor: Staff
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