Religion and the Tradition of Social Theory */aud
Stephen F. Teiser
9:00 am-11:50 F
A critical introduction to developments in social theory that have influenced the academic study of religion, including the classic contributions of Marx, Durkheim, and Weber as well as more recent debates in anthropology and cultural theory. Required of, and designed for, first- and second-year graduate students in religion; others must receive the instructor’s permission to enroll.
Studies in Greco-Roman Religions : Introduction to Judaism in the Greco-Roman World
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1:30 pm-4:20 T
The goal of this course is to introduce a significant part of the literature of the Jews of Palestine and Egypt in the period from Alexander to the destruction of the Second Temple, together with a sampling of some recent scholarship on these works. The introduction is necessarily selective, and it will thus reflect to some degree my interests and reoccupations, but I have made an effort to give you some sense of the range of Jewish texts in the period. I hope that this breadth of coverage will provide the background you need for your own work.
Studies in the Religions of the Americas : Religion in America to 1865
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Seth A. Perry
1:30 pm-4:20 T
In this course we will engage questions of approach, method, periodization, and scope in the study of religion in America through the Civil War. Texts will consist of secondary literature with both classic and contemporary importance to the field, along with brief primary sources selected and presented by students.
REL 509 /NES 510
Studies in the History of Islam : Legal Categories and Social Realities
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Shaun E. Marmon
10:00 am-12:50 Th
This seminar explores the relationship (or dissonance) between legal and social categories in the context of late Medieval Muslim societies. Some of the topics that we will cover in this context will be gender, slavery, religious minorities, ethnicity and hybridity, communal violence and concepts of transgression. Readings will include scholarly literature and Medieval Arabic texts.
Special Topics in the Study of Religion : “God-less”: The History of Atheism in America
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Wallace D. Best
1:30 pm-4:20 W
The number of people who claim to be “atheist” or who claim no religion or religious affiliation has grown tremendously in the last half century. Although “atheism” has been a part of American history since the Colonial era, more Americans from among a vast cross section of society now claim to be “God-less.” This course will examine this trend as an aspect of American historical and religious studies. We will pay particular attention to the writings of the “New Atheists,” who have done the most to articulate the perspectives of this group and to reveal it as a crucial and increasingly important aspect of American society.
Special Topics in the Study of Religion : Papyrology and Late Antique History
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This course introduces students to the tools of the discipline of papyrology. The two main components will be 1. how to write history with ancient papyrus documents and 2. the material history of books (new philology). We will work with a broad range of papyri, mainly in Greek, so strong knowledge of Greek is required.
Religion and Critical Thought Workshop */aud
Leora F. Batnitzky
10:00 am-11:50 W
A weekly, year-long workshop focused on current student and faculty research in religion and critical thought, designed primarily for graduate students working on dissertations and general examination essays on the philosophy of religion, religious ethics, and the role of religion in politics. Note: REL 518 (fall) and REL 519 (spring) constitute this year-long workshop. In order to receive credit and/or a grade, students must take the course both semesters.
Religion and Culture Workshop */aud
Albert J. Raboteau
11:30 am-12:50 F
A weekly, year-long workshop devoted to the critical discussion of research in progress in the ethnographic, historical, and normative study of religion and culture. Designed for dissertation writers receiving fellowships from the Center for the Study of Religion and post-doctoral fellows. Note: REL 521 (fall) and REL 522 (spring) constitute this year-long workshop. In order to receive credit and/or a grade, students must take the course both semesters.
Religion in the Americas Workshop */aud
Seth A. Perry
3:00 pm-4:20 Th
A weekly, year-long workshop focused on the current research of visiting presenters, current students, and faculty in American religious history. The workshop is designed primarily for Ph.D. students in the field, but is open as well to undergraduate concentrators with a strong background in the study of American religion and culture. Note: REL 523 (fall) and REL 524 (spring) constitute this year-long workshop. In order to receive credit and/or a grade, students must take the course both semesters.
Religions of Late Antiquity Workshop */aud
Elaine H. Pagels
12:00 pm-1:30 T
A weekly, year-long workshop providing students in the Religions of Late Antiquity with the opportunity to present their current research for discussion. Note: REL 525 (fall) and REL 526 (spring) constitute this year-long workshop. In order to receive credit and/or a grade, students must take the course both semesters.
Studies in Japanese Religions : Issues in Scholarship
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Jacqueline I. Stone
1:30 pm-4:20 Th
This seminar provides an intensive introduction to Japanese Religions past and present and examine key issues in scholarship. It is designed for those planning to take general exams, teach, or simply acquire a background in this field. Topics may include interactions of Buddhism with local religious culture; the emergence of Shinto; lay and monastic Buddhist practice; doctrinal issues; modern transformations of Buddhism; and religion-state relations. Readings are chiefly in English, supplemented by Japanese for those with sufficient language skills. Some topics may be chosen to accommodate participant research interests.