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Spring 2017 Class Schedule - updated May 5, 2016 at 07:00 am

Number/Section  Title
Days Time Room Instructor
RELI 111-01  Introduction to Buddhism
MWF 09:40 am-10:40 am Erik Davis
RELI 194-01  After the Holocaust
MWF 10:50 am-11:50 am Barry Cytron
RELI 194-02  World Religions and World Religious Discourse
MWF 02:20 pm-03:20 pm James Laine
RELI 194-03  Sufism: The Islamic Quest for Intimacy with the Beloved
TR 09:40 am-11:10 am Gregory Lipton
RELI 233-01  Hindus and Muslims
MWF 10:50 am-11:50 am James Laine
RELI 294-01  Imagination and Religious Imagination
TR 01:20 pm-02:50 pm Erik Davis
RELI 294-02  Religion and Its Modern Post Modern Critics
TR 01:20 pm-02:50 pm William Hart
RELI 294-03  Sacred Madness
TR 01:20 pm-02:50 pm Gregory Lipton
RELI 394-01  Violent Resistance and Death
W 07:00 pm-10:00 pm William Hart
RELI 394-02  Slaves, Animals, and Fetuses
TR 09:40 am-11:10 am William Hart
RELI 469-01  Approaches to the Study of Religion
TR 03:00 pm-04:30 pm Susanna Drake

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Fall 2016 Class Schedule - updated May 5, 2016 at 07:00 am

Number/Section  Title
Days Time Room Instructor
RELI 111-01  Introduction to Buddhism
MWF 02:20 pm-03:20 pm MAIN 111 Erik Davis
*First Year Course only*

RELI 135-01  India and Rome
TR 03:00 pm-04:30 pm NEILL 226 Laine, Overman
*Cross-listed with CLAS 135-01*

RELI 194-01  American Judaisms Since 1945: From Religion to Tribe to Post-Ethnic
MWF 10:50 am-11:50 am ARTCOM 102 Barry Cytron
American Jewish life has been upended since the end of World War II. The Holocaust, the establishment of Israel and suburbanization in an era of protest and identity politics all combined to dramatically transform the community’s religious, political and cultural paths. We’ll examine how America’s Jews interacted with multiple forces as it debated, adapted and carved out new forms of practice and self-understanding.

RELI 194-02  World Religions and World Religions Discourse
MWF 03:30 pm-04:30 pm MAIN 010 James Laine
Our goal will be to make an effort to comprehend just what cultural literacy would mean when studying the major religious traditions of the world, while at the same time developing an appreciation of some of the blind spots and problems in this enterprise. To a large extent, we will do some serious construction before we feel ready for de-construction. Ever couple of weeks, we will cover one of five major areas (South Asia, East Asia, Judaism, Christianity, Islam) and each student will read a different author's treatment of this material.

RELI 212-01  Philosophy of Religion
TR 03:00 pm-04:30 pm MAIN 010 Joy Laine
*Cross-listed with PHIL 212-01*

RELI 235-01  Theorizing Religion
TR 01:20 pm-02:50 pm MAIN 111 Erik Davis
RELI 238-01  Catholics: Culture, Identity, Politics
MWF 10:50 am-11:50 am MAIN 111 James Laine
RELI 245-01  Arabic Reading and Translation
MWF 12:00 pm-01:00 pm MAIN 011 Gregory Lipton
*Cross-listed with CLAS 345-01*

RELI 294-01  Buddhism and the Supernatural in Southeast Asia
TR 09:40 am-11:10 am MAIN 111 Erik Davis
Since the beginnings of the European colonial encounter with Buddhism, Buddhism has often been presented (by Europeans and Asians alike) as an atheistic, practical, philosophy, opposed to ritual and superstition. Yet, wherever Buddhism has taken root, the practices of Buddhism are often deeply involved with-and perhaps even rooted in-strong beliefs in spirits, gods, ghosts, and magic. This class examines “the supernatural” in Buddhist lands and Buddhism’s interaction with the same, along with an examination of multiple, different theories of how this connection should be conceived. The general geographic focus will remain on Southeast Asia.

RELI 294-02  Martin and Malcom:Racial Terror and theh Black Freedom Struggle
TR 09:40 am-11:10 am NEILL 409 William Hart
In this course we explore the complicated lives of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr.—the convergences and divergences. We analyze the intersections of racial identity, religious affiliation, and political orientation and their relations to the prevailing notions of manhood. How did Malcolm and Martin enter the black freedom movement? How did their religious affiliation facilitate or hinder entry? How did their participation in the movement inform their understanding of religion? Within their respective imaginations, what kind of “religio-political and ethical figure” is America—Egypt, or Promised Land, Zion or Babylon; messianic nation or apocalyptic, dystopian nightmare? How do Martin and Malcolm perform, enact, and embody the notion that “black lives matter?”

RELI 294-03  The Veil in Christianity, Judaism, and Islam
M 07:00 pm-10:00 pm MAIN 111 Susanna Drake
*Cross-listed with WGSS 294-03* In this course, we will examine the role of the veil in societies from the ancient Near East to the present. We will pay special attention to veiling as a cultural and religious practice that reflects ideas about piety, gender, and status. Along with learning about the history of the veil and its use in some of the major religious traditions, we will consider the function of the veil in contemporary political debates, and we will explore women's veiling, in particular, as a topic in feminist discourse.

RELI 294-04  Conversion and Inquisition: Religious Change
TR 09:40 am-11:10 am NEILL 110 Karin Velez
*Cross-listed with HIST 252-01* What causes people to change their religious beliefs? How have societies handled those who do alter their spiritual attitudes? This course focuses on several dramatic case studies of men and women who self-consciously changed their religion during the turbulent period of imperial encounters between the mid-1500s and the 1700s. Among others, we will examine and interrogate reports of converts to Christianity including Jewish and Muslim prisoners of the Inquisition, captives of Mediterranean pirates, and the nearly canonized Mohawk convert Catherine Tekakwitha. We will consider how violence, national loyalties, gender, charisma, local power dynamics, environmental upheaval, and serendipity affected the choices and fates of these converts. Meets the both the global/comparative and pre-1800 requirements.

RELI 394-02  Human Sacrifice: Killing for God and State
TR 03:00 pm-04:30 pm MAIN 011 William Hart
Though sacrifice is often viewed as the exclusive property of religion, this course is organized around the claim that religion and statecraft (the art of governing a nation well) are connected through practices of human sacrifice. Thus, in this course, we use "human sacrifice" as a comparative category to understand aspects of religion and statecraft, especially war, capital punishment, torture, terrorism, and genocide. Though torture, terrorism, and genocide are important, our special focus is warfare and capital punishment, which encompass the other sites of human sacrifice. The central questions are the following: Why do gods and states demand blood; whence the impulse to human sacrifice? What are the relations between divine sovereignty, political sovereignty, and sacrifice? What are the modalities of human sacrifice? Is human sacrifice inevitable?

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