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. One course.
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.
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.