Marriage and Monotheism: Men, Women, and God in Near Eastern Judaism, Christianity, and Islam (EM)

Subject associations
NES 379 / JDS 378 / GSS 380 / REL 376
Fall 2020
Eve Krakowski
Registrar description

The decline of marriage in recent decades is often tied to the decline of religion. But why should marriage, a contractual relationship centered on sex and property, be seen as a religious practice? This seminar considers the varied and surprising ways in which the great monotheistic traditions of the Near East came to connect certain forms of human marriage - or their rejection- to divine devotion, and considers how marriage worked in societies shaped by these traditions. Spanning biblical Israel to the medieval Islamic world, this course will introduce you to the historical study of Near Eastern religions and to the field of family history.