A historical introduction to Buddhist thought and practice, with special attention to their interrelationship in the living religion. One course.
History and schools of Islamic jurisprudence; Islamic legal reasoning; approaches to ethics and procedural justice, the ethical regulation of commerce, including a detailed study of pertinent issues in Islamic law. Also taught as LAW568. One course.
The development of asceticism and monasticism in the first six centuries of Christianity. One course.
The religion of the Bishop of Hippo in late antiquity. One course.
The systematic and apologetic writings of an important Alexandrian thinker and exegete of the third century. One course.
How early Christian writers of the second—mid-fifth centuries made meaning of the Scriptures in their own, post-biblical environments. Focus on the new historical, religious, and theological situations that required new readings of scriptural texts, the role of heresy and the ascetic movement in the development of biblical interpretation and canon development, and special problems that arose around these issues. One course.