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Fall 2015

Course Title Instructor Section Time Room
RELIGION 80S
Sp Top In Writing Wolff, Michelle 01 MWF 10:20 AM-11:10 AM LSRC B105

Course Description

Various topics with diverse readings and intensive writing. Instructor: Staff
RELIGION 89S
First-year Seminar (top) Jiménez, Alicia 10 W 01:25 PM-03:55 PM Social Sciences 107

Course Description

Topics vary each semester offered. Instructor: Staff
RELIGION 110
Hinduism Prasad, Leela 01 TuTh 10:05 AM-11:20 AM Perkins 071

Course Description

An exploration of the beliefs, ethics, everyday and ceremonial practices, philosophies, mythologies, and movements that are part of the aggregately-named religion of Hinduism. Instructor: Prasad or staff
RELIGION 145
Old Testament/heb Bible Brettler, Marc 01 TuTh 11:45 AM-01:00 PM Gray 220

Course Description

Historical, literary, ethical, and theological investigations of the ancient Near Eastern context of Israelite religion and culture. Instructor: Brettler or Peters
RELIGION 213S
Shamanism & Spirit Posession Freeman, John 01 TuTh 03:05 PM-04:20 PM Bell Dorm WEST 113

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 214S
Andalusia McLarney, Ellen 01 Th 03:05 PM-05:35 PM Franklin Center 028

Course Description

Intersection of cultures, religions, languages, and peoples through history, architecture, poetry, music, philosophy, and everyday life of southern Spain. Cultural flourishing from the contact and sometimes clash of European, Spanish, Islamic, Arab, African, Middle Eastern, and Jewish civilizations and of the Arabic, Spanish, and Hebrew languages. Overlaps in mystical conceptions of the divine, in philosophical ideas about rational knowledge, in poetic, musical, and literary forms, in architectural styles, and in shared histories. Ends with how Andalusian culture continues to thrive in modern consciousness (in music, poetry, art, dance, architecture, etc.) at the crossroads of civilizations. Instructor: McLarney/Lieber
RELIGION 234
Martin Luther King Safi, Omid 01 Tu 04:55 PM-07:45 PM Franklin Center 028

Course Description

Situates Martin Luther King as a preacher in the black Christian tradition with a liberationist reading. Traces the movement from civil rights to opposition to economic injustice, war, and militarism. Analyzes what the prophetic voices of today have to say about issues of poverty, racism, environmental destruction, militarism, homophobia, drones, sexism. Instructor: Safi
RELIGION 246
Music In South Asia Kramer, Jonathan 01 M 07:30 PM-10:00 PM Biddle 102

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 280S
Religion And Peace Lohr Sapp, Christy 01 WF 01:25 PM-02:40 PM Allen 226

Course Description

Too often religion is cited as the root of conflict, yet often religious leaders and religiously-affiliated NGOs create the impetus for peace-making initiatives. Course uses case studies from different areas of religious conflict to examine questions of tolerance and co-existence. Asks questions about place and purpose of dialogue, activism and humanitarian involvement; readings and discussions assess responses to conflict in Africa, Europe, and the Middle East. Concepts and pedagogies for peace-making brought to practical application during trip to Jerusalem and Bethlehem. Service learning component requires at least 20 hours of service outside of class time. Instructor consent required. Instructor: Lohr or Sapp
RELIGION 284
Ritual And Performance Need, David 01 MW 03:05 PM-04:20 PM Gray 220

Course Description

Exposes students to theories of ritual and performance (Turner, Schechner, Grimes, Geertz, Paden) in religious and non-religious contexts; compares contexts as a way of understanding common structures and what differentiates the religious/non-religious. Guest lecturers (from religion, dance, theater, psychology, English, visual and media studies, cultural anthropology) expose students to a range of approaches to specific kinds of ritual and performance. Possibly involves both class and individual trips to local religious events and performances for field work exercises. No Instructor: Need
RELIGION 323
Buddhist Meditation Jaffe, Richard 01 W 03:05 PM-05:35 PM LSRC A247

Course Description

An in-depth examination of the Buddhist path and techniques of self-transformation in various Buddhist cultures, both premodern and modern. The differing conceptions of the psychophysical person and the goals of Buddhist practice assumed by these meditative techniques will be investigated. As part of the examination of Buddhist meditation, students will have an opportunity to experience a range practices and to reflect on the role of meditation in the construction of Buddhist maps of human development. Not open to students who took this course as an 89S First Year Seminar. Instructor: Jaffe
RELIGION 328S
Buddhism And Sexuality Kim, Hwansoo 01 M 12:00 PM-02:35 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' wives, and clerical sexual abuse. Draws on religious theory, gender theory, and critical theory. Places Buddhism in conversation with Jewish, Christian, and Islamic traditions. Extensive class discussion. No Instructor: Kim
RELIGION 350S
Non-canonical Gospels Goodacre, Mark 01 W 04:55 PM-07:25 PM Gray 319

Course Description

Historical-critical study of early non-canonical Christian Gospels, with special reference to the Gospel of Thomas, the Gospel of Peter, the Protevangelium of James, the Infancy Gospel of Thomas, Papyrus Egerton 2, Gospel of Mary, Gospel of Judas, Gospel of Philip, Dialogue of the Savior and Secret Mark; their relationship to other early Christian texts, their view of Jesus, their place in early Christianity; questions of authority, canon, canonical-bias, and concepts of heresy and orthodoxy. Instructor: Goodacre
RELIGION 351
The Historical Jesus Goodacre, Mark 01 WF 10:05 AM-11:20 AM Gray 220

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
RELIGION 370S
Understanding The Qur'an Kadivar, Mohsen 01 MW 04:40 PM-05:55 PM Social Sciences 105

Course Description

Qur'an as central text of Islamic ritual and belief, national reflection, and transnational exchange for nearly all Muslims. Will examine question of translatability as well as issues of interpretation from non-Muslim, secular or non-theological perspectives. Possible usefulness of analogies to literary critical study of Bible. The Internet as a resource for exploring multiple interpretations by Muslims and non-Muslims. Instructor: Staff
RELIGION 372
Islamic Awakening McLarney, Ellen 01 Tu 03:05 PM-05:35 PM East Duke 108

Course Description

Explores religious revival in the Islamic world: revival as reinterpretation of sacred texts, revival as revolution, revival as social movement, revival as spiritual awakening, revival as political mobilization. Focuses on Wahabism, Salafism, the renaissance/enlightenment of the late 19th century, ijtihad and jihad, grassroots movements, the Muslim Brotherhood, Hassan al-Banna, Sayyid Qutb, the awakening (sahwa/yaqza) of the 1970s and 1980s, the Iranian revolution, Khomeini, Ali Shariati, feminist theologies in Islam, and the role of the media in circulating religion. Instructor: McLarney
RELIGION 411S
North Korea Kim, Hwansoo 01 Th 11:45 AM-02:15 PM Bio Sci 154

Course Description

Critical examination of the political and economic with social, cultural, and religious dimensions of North Korea. Topics includes North Korea's leadership, religious (especially cultic) aspects of the North Korean Juche ideology, the daily lives of its citizens, religious traditions, the Korean War, nuclear development and missiles, North Korean defectors and refugees in other Asian countries, human rights, international relationships, and unification. Instructor: Kim
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