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 2014

Course Title Instructor Section Time Room
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 120
Buddhism Mitchell, Matthew Steven 01 WF 11:45 AM-01:00 PM Gray 228

Course Description

Introduction to Buddhist texts, beliefs, rituals, and ethics in the past and present. Instructor: Jaffe or staff
RELIGION 151
Christian Theological Debates Concannon, Cavan 01 TuTh 11:45 AM-01:00 PM Gray 220

Course Description

Study of the major theological concepts of Christianity, in an attempt to understand when and why these concepts became part of the Christian legacy. We will study the theology of the Bible, the proclamations of the councils, the authoritative decisions of the churches, and the writings of the most influential Christian authors, up to our own day. For each of the focal points we will consider the historical and cultural contexts, and listen to the various participants in the debates, winners and losers. The course aims to clarify the main topics that are shared by all Christians as well as the topics that have led to division of Christianity in the past and to ongoing debate in the present. Instructor: Van Rompay
RELIGION 211S
Religion And Culture In Korea Kim, Hwansoo 01 Th 11:45 AM-02:15 PM Social Sciences 107

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 213S
Shamanism & Spirit Posession Freeman, John 01 WF 10:05 AM-11:20 AM Carr 106

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 232S
Prophecy And Prophets Peters, Melvin 01 TuTh 03:05 PM-04:20 PM Social Sciences 107

Course Description

Seminar version of Religion 232. Instructor: Peters
RELIGION 237
Religion In Amer Life Coates, Andrew Thomas 01 WF 10:05 AM-11:20 AM Soc/Psych 128

Course Description

A historical survey, with emphasis on the ways that religious experiences, beliefs, and traditions have found expression in religious communities and institutions, and in American public life. Instructor: Goldman, Morgan, or staff
RELIGION 242
Kundalini Yoga And Sikh Dharma Khalsa, Keval 01 F 11:45 AM-01:15 PM Carr 240

Course Description

Introduction to Kundalini Yoga and meditation and yogic lifestyle as taught by Yogi Bhajan through practice, lecture, writing and discussion. Overview of the basic philosophy of Sikh Dharma and the development of Sikhism and Kundalini Yoga in the Western Hemisphere. Instructor: Khalsa
RELIGION 242
Kundalini Yoga And Sikh Dharma Khalsa, Keval 01L MW 11:45 AM-01:15 PM Hull St 104

Course Description

Introduction to Kundalini Yoga and meditation and yogic lifestyle as taught by Yogi Bhajan through practice, lecture, writing and discussion. Overview of the basic philosophy of Sikh Dharma and the development of Sikhism and Kundalini Yoga in the Western Hemisphere. Instructor: Khalsa
RELIGION 244
Dance/religion In Asia/africa Shah, Purnima 01 TuTh 01:25 PM-02:40 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 246
Music In South Asia Kramer, Jonathan 01 M 07:30 PM-10:00 PM Biddle 104

Course Description

South Asian musicians and their instruments, genres, performance traditions, and contexts. Study of the relationship of music to social, religious, historical, and philosophical trends informed by listening to the musical forms themselves in recorded and live performances. Instructor: Kramer
RELIGION 261
Med Christianity In Film/fictn Dubois, Katharine 01 M 06:15 PM-08:45 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 263
Mystical Literature Al Mamouri, Abdul Sattar 01 WF 03:05 PM-04:20 PM Trent 039

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 263
Mystical Literature Al Mamouri, Abdul Sattar 02 F 04:40 PM-07:10 PM SEE INSTRU

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 275S
Poetry, Desire And Religion Need, David 01 MW 03:05 PM-04:20 PM Perkins 2-085

Course Description

Studies the use of love poetry genres to transform theological traditions in India, Islam, Judaism, and Christianity circa 600-1500 CE; studies ongoing exploration of intersections of the sacred, desire, and expressive language in post-Enlightenment poetry; explores poetry and, more generally, the arts as a performative mode by which a theological relation is posed and enacted in one's life; introduces students to basic problems, readings, and ideas related to language, hermeneutics and desire; specific authors include: Mirabi, Kabir, Rumi, San Juan de la Cruz, Dickinson, Rilke, H.D., and Celan. Instructor: Need
RELIGION 328S
Buddhism And Sexuality Kim, Hwansoo 01 M 01:25 PM-03:55 PM Gray 319

Course Description

Critical examination of the relation of religion and sexuality with special attention to Buddhism. Discusses religious interpretations of sex, sexuality, and gender; the codification and normalization of these rules through texts, symbols, and practices; and recent challenges to these interpretations. Topics include homosexuality, same-sex marriage, abortion, contraception, gender equality, clerical marriage, married clerics
RELIGION 331
Biblical Ethics Lieber, Laura 01 MW 10:05 AM-11:20 AM Gray 228

Course Description

An introduction to ethics in the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, addressing moral and ethical dilemmas within the varied sources of the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, the diversity of views and opinions within the text, and passages often regarded as problematic for modern readers. The use of the biblical text as a resource for the construction of pre-modern and modern Jewish and Christian ethics will also be explored. Instructor: Liebert
RELIGION 332S
Reading The Psalms Lieber, Laura 01 MW 03:05 PM-04:20 PM Gray 220

Course Description

An introduction to the biblical book of Psalms and traditional (Jewish and Christian) and contemporary methods of reading and interpreting these poems. Literary, feminist, liturgical, and midrashic modes of reading will be particularly examined. Issues of translation as a mode of interpretation will be central. Instructor: Lieber
RELIGION 342
The Holocaust Duffy, Eve 01 TuTh 11:45 AM-01:00 PM Soc/Psych 130

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 351
The Historical Jesus Goodacre, Mark 01 MW 03:05 PM-04:20 PM Gross Hall 107

Course Description

An investigation of what can be known about Jesus of Nazareth, his teaching about the kingdom of God and ethical behavior, his symbolic acts, and his cures. Principal attention given to the first three gospels, secondary attention to comparative material from the Jewish and Greco-Roman worlds. Instructor: Goodacre or staff
RELIGION 355
History Christian Church Hillerbrand, Hans 01 W 04:40 PM-07:10 PM Gray 220

Course Description

Crucial events, issues, structures, and writings that have shaped the Christian community and influenced Western civilization from the time of the early church to the present. Special attention to ethical themes such as human destiny, the "good life," reform and renewal that have been permanent elements in Christian history. Instructor: Staff
RELIGION 368
Theol/fiction C S Lewis Kort, Wesley 01 TuTh 03:05 PM-04:20 PM Gray 228

Course Description

A study of texts of cultural criticism, fantasy fiction, and theological and moral argument by C. S. Lewis, their dependence on the cultural situation in which they were deployed, and the reasons for their continuing force and wide appeal. Instructor: Kort
RELIGION 375
Islamic Civilization I Hassan, Mona 01 MW 01:25 PM-02:40 PM Perkins 2-087

Course Description

First part of two-course sequence providing an extensive survey of Muslim peoples and institutions. The Middle Eastern origins and cultural attainments of medieval Islam. Instructor: Hassan, Moosa or staff
RELIGION 377S
Religion & Politics In Post-reveloutionary Iran Kadivar, Mohsen 01 W 03:20 PM-05:50 PM Gross Hall 104

Course Description

Examines ethical crises of Islamic regime: Did Islamic Republic promote ethics or decline morality? Analyzes tensions between secularism, democracy and theocracy; semi-democracy and semi-dictatorship; Shi
RELIGION 386
Local Islams Antepli, Abdullah 01 MW 11:45 AM-01:00 PM Franklin Center 028

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: Antepli/McLarney
RELIGION 388S
Muslim Ethics And Islamic Law Moosa, Ebrahim 01 Tu 03:20 PM-05:55 PM Perkins 2-065

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: Moosa
RELIGION 410S
Cap Sem: Race In Modern Europe Chappel, James 01 Tu 10:05 AM-12:35 PM Allen 304I

Course Description

Examines the religious and racial diversity of modern Europe, focusing on 1945-present. Explores the cultural vitality of immigrant communities, alongside the systemic discrimination and violence they face at the hands of the state and from right-wing movements. Topics include French-Muslim hip hop, Italy
RELIGION 490S
Jr/sr Seminars (top) Kort, Wesley 01 TuTh 11:45 AM-01:00 PM Gray 319

Course Description

Topics and instructors to be announced. Instructor: Staff
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