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. One course.
Introduction to world religions through exploration of their manifestations in the United States, with the goal of understanding both religion and American life more accurately. One course.
The various strands of Japanese religious life from prehistoric times until the present. Kami worship; primary denominations of Japanese Buddhism; Japanese Christianity; Confucianism; and the New Religious. The ethical, social, and political implications of these strands. One course.
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. One course.
Explores diverse realities of Muslim women’s lives, from origins of Islam to present, through autobiographical and biographical accounts situated in their social, economic, political, and cultural contexts, representing multifarious facets of Muslim women’s lived experiences. Women encountered through textual and audiovisual materials represent a wide range, including scholars, mystics, merchants, philanthropists, poets, slavegirls, feminists, and Islamists. Topics course. One course.
Introduction to Islamic theology, practice, social institutions, and ethics in the past and present. One course.
Examination of the major books of the New Testament, covering their contents, ethical implications, historical and social setting, authorship, date, and theology. One course.