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.

Fall 2016

Course Title Instructor Section Time Room
RELIGION 89S
First-year Seminar (top) Jiménez, Alicia 10 M 04:40 PM-07:10 PM Allen 318

Course Description

Topics vary each semester offered. Instructor: Staff
RELIGION 110
Hinduism Nagamani, Mani 01 MW 10:05 AM-11:20 AM TBA

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 120
Buddhism Jaffe, Richard 01 TuTh 06:15 PM-07:30 PM Gray 220

Course Description

Introduction to Buddhist texts, beliefs, rituals, and ethics in the past and present. Instructor: Jaffe or staff
RELIGION 145
Old Testament/heb Bible Brettler, Marc 01 MW 03:05 PM-04:20 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 155
The New Testament Goodacre, Mark 01 TuTh 01:25 PM-02:40 PM White 107

Course Description

Examination of the major books of the New Testament, covering their contents, ethical implications, historical and social setting, authorship, date, and theology. Instructor: Staff
RELIGION 190FS
Focus Seminars (top) Hassan, Mona 01 MW 03:05 PM-04:20 PM Keohane 4B 402 SEM

Course Description

Topics vary from semester to semester. Open only to students in the Focus Program. Instructor: Staff
RELIGION 232S
Prophecy And Prophets Peters, Melvin 01 WF 11:45 AM-01:00 PM Gray 319

Course Description

Seminar version of Religion 232. Instructor: Peters
RELIGION 245
Music In East Asia Kramer, Jonathan 01 M 07:30 PM-10:00 PM Biddle 104

Course Description

East 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 268
Religion And Film Need, David 01 M 04:45 PM-07:25 PM Old Chem 116

Course Description

A study of the relationship between motion pictures and religion. Focus on the comparative portrayal of organized religions; expressions of religious life; and religious topics, such as God, evil and morality, in both Western and non-Western films in which contemporary artists and intellectuals explore the challenges of modernity. Instructor: Staff
RELIGION 270
Black Gods And Kings Matory, J. 01 W 03:05 PM-05:35 PM Friedl Bdg 240

Course Description

Surveys the spiritual, political and economic experience of those who worship African gods West and Central Africans, Cubans, Brazilians, Haitians, and North Americans. The gods as sources of power, organization and healing amid local political dominance of Muslims and Christians and seismic expansion of international capitalism. West African Yoruba religion, West-Central African Kongo religion, Brazilian Candomblé and Umbanda, Cuban Santería and Palo Mayombe, Haitian Vodou, and African American Pentecostalism are examined as belief systems, and contextualized to the trans-Atlantic slave trade, long-distance commerce and pilgrimage by free people
RELIGION 279
Gandhi: Image And Reflection Prasad, Leela 01 Th 10:05 AM-12:35 PM Gray 220

Course Description

Who is Gandhi amidst the thousands of images of him? Course focuses on the writings of, and the popular imagery about, one of the most inspirational figures of modern times, who evoked Einstein s awe and shaped Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela. Considers Gandhi s experiments and journeys across South Africa and India to understand his ideas of justice, method of civic protest, and way of living-with-others. First part of course studies Gandhi s autobiography and other key writings. Second part analyses Gandhi-centered visual culture (comic books, cartoons, films, monuments) and global influence. Aims to understand visually why Gandhi has become a legend and how he is within our reach. Instructor: Prasad
RELIGION 283FS
History And Culture Of Iran Safi, Omid 01 Tu 04:55 PM-07:25 PM Franklin Center 028

Course Description

A multi-disciplinary approach to Iran and Persian culture. Covers history, religion, politics, literature, music, and cinema. Focuses on the developments in Iran leading up to and after the 1979 revolution. Does not require any knowledge of Persian or previous background. Instructor: Safi
RELIGION 288
Acts Of Engagement Lohr Sapp, Christy 01 TuTh 01:25 PM-02:40 PM Social Sciences 311

Course Description

Whether called "service", "mission", "Seva", "loving-kindness", "tikkun olam", selfless acts done in the service of others are a component of many of the world's religious traditions. This course will explore the fundamental call to serve in a number of traditions. It will examine the works of community leaders from various religious traditions such as Dorothy Day, Abraham Heschel, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Said Nursi to unpack the elements in their traditions that led them to work with and for others. Special attention will be paid to Abrahamic traditions. The course will also put these concepts into practical service in the local community through partnerships with Durham agencies. Instructor: Lohr Sapp
RELIGION 323S
Buddhist Meditation Jaffe, Richard 01 W 04:40 PM-07:10 PM Social Sciences 109

Course Description

Buddhist paths and techniques of self-transformation in premodern and modern Buddhist cultures. Conceptions of the psychophysical person and goals of Buddhist practice assumed by these meditative techniques. Reinterpretation and modification of traditional meditation practices in contemporary Buddhist societies. Students who took this course as an 89S First Year Seminar are not eligible to enroll. Instructor: Jaffe or Kim
RELIGION 326S
Literary Islam McLarney, Ellen 01 Tu 03:05 PM-05:35 PM Carr 125

Course Description

The Quran as scripture; mystical poetry; stories of the early community; literary cultures in the early community; modern reinterpretations of Islamic sources; Islamist literature; modern Islamic poetry, novels, plays, and stories. Instructor: McLarney
RELIGION 330S
Atheism And Buddhism Kim, Hwansoo 01 W 01:25 PM-03:55 PM Trent 035

Course Description

A critical examination of atheism and religions (Buddhism), with a focus on intellectual, religious, philosophical, and scientific debates about God, the origin of the universe, morality, evolution, neuroscience, happiness, enlightenment, the afterlife, and karma. Readings to be selected from philosophical, scientific, and religious writings. Authors will include some of the following: Charles Darwin, Bertrand Russell, Christopher Hitchins, Richard Dawkins, Deepak Chopra, Sam Harris, Owen Flanagan, Stephen Batchelor, and the Dalai Lama. Instructor: Kim
RELIGION 353
Ethical Iss Early Christianity Becerra, Daniel 01 TuTh 03:05 PM-04:20 PM Smith Wrhs 177

Course Description

Investigation of two major transitions in the early Christian movement and their impact on the formulation of Christian ethics: Christianity's transition from a sect within Judaism to a Greco-Roman religious movement whose constituency came largely from the "pagan" world, and its transition from a sect in danger of persecution to a religion favored and supported by Roman imperial authorities. How these transitions are reflected in early Christian attitudes toward, and practices concerning, poverty and wealth, war and military service, marriage and sexuality, capital punishment, slavery, and other issues. Instructor: Staff
RELIGION 373S
Islam Mys:perso-ind/east Kadivar, Mohsen 01 MW 04:40 PM-05:55 PM Perkins 060

Course Description

Teachings, texts, and institutions of Sufism as it expanded from Iraq and Iran to India and Indonesia, from twelfth to the twenty-first century. C-L: International Comparative Studies. Instructor: Staff
RELIGION 384S
Islam In The Americas Hassan, Mona 01 MW 01:25 PM-02:40 PM Perkins 060

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
RELIGION 399S
Toni Morrison Winters II, Joseph 01 Tu 03:20 PM-05:50 PM Old Chem 025

Course Description

Toni Morrison is a contemporary Nobel-Prize winning novelist who has written on a variety of themes pertaining to America s racial history. In this course, we will critically examine her novels paying close attention to themes like race and gender, trauma, remembrance, hope, and redemption. Instructor: Winters
RELIGION 411S
North Korea Kim, Hwansoo 01 Tu 01:25 PM-03:55 PM Gray 319

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
RELIGION 620
Exegesis Hebrew O T Brettler, Marc 01 MW 11:45 AM-01:00 PM Gray 230B

Course Description

A. Pentateuch B. Historical Books C. Major Prophets D. Minor Prophets E. Writings F. Proverbs G. Genesis Consent of instructor required for undergraduates. Instructor: Staff
RELIGION 620
Exegesis Hebrew O T Lieber, Laura 02 Th 08:30 AM-11:00 AM Divinity 110

Course Description

A. Pentateuch B. Historical Books C. Major Prophets D. Minor Prophets E. Writings F. Proverbs G. Genesis Consent of instructor required for undergraduates. Instructor: Staff
RELIGION 635S
John's Gospel Goodacre, Mark 01 TuTh 10:05 AM-11:20 AM Allen 304I

Course Description

Discussion and analysis of the Gospel of John with a special focus on historical-critical approaches, including authorship, date, sources, theology, literary analysis, and relationship to other early Christian works. Instructor: Goodacre
  • Hymn
  • Beth Alpha, Synagogue Mosaic, Ark
  • Roman Mosaic, Galilee
  • Kuden
  • Israel western wall
  • prayer tablet meiji shrine tokyo
  • a 139ac
  • Brazil