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Spring 2019 Course Offerings

Religious Studies Courses

RLST 1010.  Encountering Religious Diversity. STEWART (TR 2:35-3:50) – HCA

Essential beliefs and practices of the world's major religious traditions. Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Contemporary scholarship and perspectives on religious encounters from each of these traditions.  

RLST 1111-11. First-Year Writing Seminar - Religion and Film in India. TANEJA (MWF 10:10-11:00)  – INT

Indian cinema has been compared to religion, creating its own worlds and mythologies, its own divinities, its own spaces of congregation. The parallel could be taken even further in India where religious themes often underlie public secular entertainment. This course will use the prevalence of religion in Indian cinema to introduce students to key themes in Indian religion (such as reincarnation, renunciation, and martyrdom), as well as to the diversity of religions (such as Hindu, Islamic, and Sikh traditions), and religious practices. Each week students will each a feature film in conversation with a primary text about religious life in India.

RLST 1111-13. First-Year Writing Seminar - Renaissance Art and Politics. PRICE (MWF 9:10-10:00) - HCA

In this course we will examine the history of the Renaissance in Florence, Rome, and Nuremberg, three major cultural centers that underwent profound transformations in art, religion, and political structure. We will study politics and religion as a basis for interpreting the functions of Renaissance art. Above all, we will examine how art and religious culture contested and created political power and authority.

RLST 1111-14. First-Year Writing Seminar - Religious Conflict in Historical Perspective. DAUGHERTY (MWF 9:10-10:00) - HCA

This course will investigate the relationships among religion, conflict, and violence. What counts as religious violence? How does religion promote or restrain conflict? How have experiences of violence shaped particular religious traditions? What dynamics lead to religious conflict? We will ask these questions and others with a focus on the histories of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

RLST 3749. Zen Buddhism. LOWE (MWF 10:10-11:00) - INT

A study of the development of Zen Buddhism in China and Japan with special attention to its basic philosophy, its position within Mahayana Buddhism, its meditational techniques, and its contemporary significance.

RLST 3753. East Asian Buddhism. CAMPANY (TR 2:35-3:50) - INT

East Asian Buddhist texts. Key Buddhist ideas, values, practices, and institutions. Chronological surveys of key developments in major historical periods.

RLST 4371. Through the Eyes of the  Other: A History of Muslim-Christian Relations. MCGREGOR / LIM (T 1:10-3:50) - HCA

Travelogues and interpretive accounts of encountering the religious and cultural 'Other,' Christian or Muslim. Increased awareness of the long-standing relationship between two major religious traditions. 

RLST 4552. Islam in the Modern World. TANEJA (MW 2:10-3:25) - INT

Impact of colonialism on Muslim societies and everyday life in the cities of the Middle East. Analysis through literary, religious, political, and ethnographic texts. Relationship of Sharia to the modern state; impact of modernity on the understanding and practice of religion.

RLST 4554. The Qur'an and Its Interpreters. MCGREGOR (TR 11:00-12:15) - INT

The Qur'an and the Islamic tradition of interpretation. The treatment of Biblical prophets, Jesus and Satan. Interpretations will be drawn from all time periods including rationalist, dogmatic, Shi'i and mystical schools of interpretation.

RLST 4592. Advanced Seminar in Arabic. HAMAD (MWF 10:10-11:00) - No AXLE Credit

Analysis of style and forms. Poetry, novels, popular literature, and historical chronicles. Topics vary. 

RLST 4593. Advanced Seminar in Islamic Tradition. EIDO (MW 1:10-2:25) - No AXLE Credit

Analysis of original Arabic texts, manuscript reading, and research methods. Topics vary.

RLST 4666. Devotional Traditions of South Asia: Hindu, Muslim, Sikh. STEWART (TR 1:10-2:25) - INT

Mythology of Hindu pantheon and worship through devotion or bhakti. Techniques for inculcating devotion through meditation, temple rituals, and pilgrimage. Entry of Islam into South Asia. Shi'i and Sufi practices. Sikh traditions. Role of vernacular languages in creating local traditions. Hindu-Muslim interaction, syncretism, and shared sacred space. Challenges to orthodoxy. 


Language Courses

ARA 1102. Elementary Arabic. HAMAD (MTWRF 8:10-9:00) / EIDO  (MTWRF 11:10-12:00)  –  INT / Foreign Language Proficiency

Development of reading, listening, speaking, and writing skills. No credit for students who have earned credit for a more advanced Arabic language course. Prerequisite: 1101.

ARA 2202. Intermediate Arabic. HAMAD (TR 11:00-12:15)  –  INT / Foreign Language Proficiency 

Continuation os 2201. Practice and development of language skills at the intermediate-advanced level. Intensive work in spoken Arabic with emphasis on vocabulary acquisition, reading comprehension, and writing skills. Advanced grammar, modern Arabic word formation, verb aspect usage, and structure of complex sentences. No credit for students who have earned credit for a more advanced Arabic language course. Prerequisite: 2201. 

ARA 3102. Advanced Arabic. EIDO (TR 1:10-2:25) – INT / Foreign Language Proficiency

Continuation of 3101. Further development of listening, reading, speaking, and writing skills in the Arabic language. Emphasis on grammar and literary techniques. Offered on a graded basis only. No credit for students who have earned credit for a more advanced Arabic language course. Prerequisite: 3101.