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Fall 2014 Class Schedule - updated October 22, 2014 at 10:56 pm

Number/Section  Title
Days Time Room Instructor
RELI 100-01  Introduction to Islam: Formation and Expansion
MWF 10:50 am-11:50 am CARN 105 Gregory Lipton
RELI 111-01  Introduction to Buddhism
MWF 09:40 am-10:40 am MAIN 111 Erik Davis
*Open only to First Year students, rising sophomores, and rising juniors*

RELI 121-01  New Testament
TR 01:20 pm-02:50 pm NEILL 216 Susanna Drake
RELI 135-01  India and Rome
TR 01:20 pm-02:50 pm MAIN 001 Laine, Overman
*Cross-listed with CLAS 135-01*

RELI 194-01  After the Holocaust
MWF 10:50 am-11:50 am ARTCOM 202 Barry Cytron
The systematic murder of millions during World War II has challenged most every relationship – between neighbors, faiths, peoples. The language of genocide and ghetto has come to inform how one speaks of faith, morality, even our common humanity. After an introductory study of the events, we turn to a study of the Holocaust’s impact on religious life, and on interreligious and intergroup relations. We will examine questions of collective memory and the search for justice, interrogate the meaning of this event in the “age of decolonization,” and explore the problems raised to personal and communal life by the call to forgiveness and the command to “never forget.” Class meets Mondays and Wednesdays during the week, and Sunday evenings for special events, guest speakers and films.

RELI 232-01  Religion and Food
W 07:00 pm-10:00 pm MAIN 111 Peter Harle
RELI 235-01  Theory and Method in the Study of Religion
TR 03:00 pm-04:30 pm MAIN 111 Erik Davis
RELI 245-01  Arabic Reading and Translation
MWF 03:30 pm-04:30 pm Gregory Lipton
*Course meets in Old Main 410; cross-listed with CLAS 345-01* This course aims to improve your Arabic reading and translation skills while introducing you to selected genres of Arabic and Islamic literature. The course will proceed in a workshop format and focus on the comprehension and translation of texts in question. Students will learn to use an Arabic dictionary, expand their vocabulary, deepen their understanding of grammar and syntax, and develop skills in reading manuscripts, navigating Arabic texts, and producing English translations. Prerequisite: 3 previous semesters of Arabic language.

RELI 294-01  Literary Bible
MWF 03:30 pm-04:30 pm ARTCOM 102 Theresa Krier
*Cross-listed with ENGL 294-01*

RELI 311-01  Ritual
TR 01:20 pm-02:50 pm MAIN 003 Erik Davis
*Priority given to declared Major/Minors of Religious Studies and Critical Theory Concentration, permission of the instructor required for all others*

RELI 394-01  The Veil: Christianity, Judaism, Islam
TR 09:40 am-11:10 am MAIN 001 Susanna Drake
*Cross-listed with WGSS 394-01* 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.

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Spring 2015 Class Schedule - updated October 22, 2014 at 10:56 pm

Number/Section  Title
Days Time Room Instructor
RELI 102-01  Modern Islam
MWF 10:50 am-11:50 am ARTCOM 202 Gregory Lipton
RELI 111-01  Introduction to Buddhism
MWF 09:40 am-10:40 am MAIN 009 Erik Davis
RELI 130-01  Folklore and Religion
W 07:00 pm-10:00 pm MAIN 111 STAFF
RELI 194-02  Jews and Christians: The First Two Thousand Years
MWF 09:40 am-10:40 am MAIN 011 Cytron, Drake
For twenty centuries, Jews and Christians have mostly argued with one another, as each community formed its respective identity in relation to the other. In the aftermath of World War II, academics and interfaith activists attempted to understand and overturn this history of hostility and set the relationship onto a new path. More recently, however, political events, newer church teachings, and media events have threatened to upend these attempts at harmony and interfaith understanding. In this course we will examine the diverse relations between Jews and Christians from the ancient world to today, and we will explore the complex theological and social history between the two "religions," tracing the repercussions into this new century

RELI 194-03  World Religions and World Religions Discourse
MWF 01:10 pm-02:10 pm MAIN 010 James Laine
RELI 194-04  Sufism: The Islamic Quest for the Intimacy with the Beloved
TR 01:20 pm-02:50 pm OLRI 170 Gregory Lipton
With attention to both classical texts and contemporary contexts, this course examines the formative development of Islamic mysticism, or Sufism, and its rich legacy of embodied piety and mystical intimacy. Drawing on the teachings of key Muslim mystics, we will explore the sacred sources, unitive doctrines, and metaphysical cosmology of Sufism, as well as its devotional practices, celebrated poetry, and contested tradition of ecstatic discourse.

RELI 200-01  The Qur'an (Koran)
TR 09:40 am-11:10 am OLRI 170 Gregory Lipton
RELI 294-01  Buddhist Fascists
TR 01:20 pm-02:50 pm MAIN 111 Erik Davis
This mid-level seminar explores modern expressions of what might be called "Buddhist Fascism:" a form of social activism and organization which explicitly places Buddhist and national institutions together, and opposes them - usually violently - to non-nationals and non-Buddhists. This course will examine the development of Fascism as a broad set of modernist ideologies, usually from the point of view of sociological studies of fascist movements.

Beginning with the early Orientalist and race-theories emerging from Europe and South Asia in the Nineteenth Century, this class proceeds to mid-Twentieth Century Imperial Japan, and then to examples in Southeast and South Asian Buddhist countries, including contemporary Buddhist Fascism Movements in Burma/Myanmar and Sri Lanka

RELI 294-02  Banned Books in South Asia
MWF 10:50 am-11:50 am MAIN 001 James Laine
RELI 394-01  Metaphysics in Secular Thought
TR 03:00 pm-04:30 pm NEILL 214 Kiarina Kordela
*Cross-listed with GERM 394-01 and POLI 294-03; for description see German Studies listing*

RELI 394-02  Conquering the Flesh: Renunciation of Food and Sex in the Christian Tradition
TR 09:40 am-11:10 am NEILL 111 Susanna Drake
This course explores how bodily practices of fasting and sexual abstinence have shaped Christian identities from the first century, C.E. to today. From Paul of Tarsus’ instructions about sexual discipline to the True Love Waits® campaign, from the desert fathers’ rigorous bodily regimens to the contemporary Christian diet movement, Christians have often understood the practice of renunciation as a necessary feature of spiritual perfection. In this course we will consider several ascetic movements in Christian history, including the development of ascetic practice in late antiquity, the rise of fasting practices among women in medieval Europe, and the culture of Christian dieting and chastity in the U.S. We will pay special attention to how Christian practices of piety both draw upon and contribute to cultural understandings of gender and the body

RELI 469-01  Approaches to the Study of Religion
TR 03:00 pm-04:30 pm MAIN 003 Susanna Drake

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