Seminar version of RELIGION236. One course.
Survey of traditional African religions. Explores the various expressions of religion by African slaves and their descendants in the United States from the seventeenth century to the present. Central focus on the engagement of African in America with Islam, Judaism, and Christianity. One course.
How civil society in India is challenging hegemony of mainstream media, providing democratized alternatives to the concentration of media power in a few global conglomerates. Inquiry into ways civil society organizations negotiate religion and secular impulses for social change. Key aspects of grassroots media technologies: contextualization in religion and culture, community participation and ownership and non-profit management. Focus on participatory video and nascent community radio movement through case studies, media theory, and field-level interactions.
Seminar version of RELIGION232. One course.
The emergence of ancient Judaism from late biblical times with the christianization of the Roman Empire by Constantine the Great. The variety of Judaism explored through the literature of the Dead Sea Scrolls, the New Testament, and paganism. The impact of Greco-Roman (Hellenistic) culture on all these traditions. One course.
Major religious traditions of the subcontinent: Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Islam. One course.
This course explores the diverse realities of Muslim women’s lives, from the origins of Islam to the present, through autobiographical and biographical accounts situated in their social, economic, political, and cultural contexts. The women we will encounter through textual and audio- visual materials represent a wide range of personal backgrounds, including scholars, mystics, merchants, philanthropists, poets, slavegirls, feminists, and Islamists. We will metaphorically travel across the globe and time to understand the multifarious facets of Muslim women’s lived experiences.