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
Transcript Topic Title: The Pseudo-Clementine Corpus */aud
1:30 pm-4:20 W
This course examines problems in the formation of religious communities, collective memory, and forms of textuality through analysis of the Pseudo-Clementine corpus and other so-called ‘Jewish-Christian’ texts from late antiquity.
Studies in the Religions of the Americas
Transcript Topic Title: Twentieth-Century American Religious History */aud
1:30 pm-4:20 T
This course provides a broad introduction to major themes in and recent literature exploring the history of American religions in the twentieth century.
Studies in Religion and Philosophy
Transcript Topic Title: Wittgenstein */aud
Gabriel M. Citron
3:00 pm-5:50 T
In this course we take seriously Ludwig Wittgenstein’s claim that his chief contribution was methodological, and we seek to understand – and to gain practical facility with – his most important later tools, moves, and methods, for clarifying our concepts and disentangling our confusions. To do this will study a range of Wittgenstein’s later works, getting to grips with such widely used (and misused) Wittgensteinian terms of art as ‘language game’, ‘form of life’, and `surface/depth grammar’. Most importantly, we practice actually applying these tools and methods to our own research problems (philosophical or otherwise).
REL 509 /NES 510
Studies in the History of Islam
Transcript Topic Title: Representations of Sex and Gender in Muslim Societies */aud
Shaun E. Marmon
1:30 pm-4:20 W
This seminar explores the diverse ways in which sex and gender were and are constructed in Muslim societies. Topics include: gender binary, masculinities and femininities, same sex love, intersexed people, eunuchs, cross dressers, and gender reassignment. Readings in translation will be included, as well as primary texts in Arabic for students who are studying Arabic.
Special Topics in the Study of Religion
Transcript Topic Title: Trends and Approaches in Qur’anic Studies */aud
4:30 pm – 7:20 pm T
This graduate seminar examines key scholarly trends, debates, and conversations in the field of Qur’anic Studies over the last three decades or so. It explores themes including debates over the Qur’an’s origins, Qur’an and Late Antiquity, the Qur’an’s commentarial tradition, Qur’an and translation, the Qur’an in multiple regional contexts, and Qur’an and modernism. A major thrust of this course will be on connecting a study of the Qur’an with broader questions and conversations in the Humanities on related themes such as hermeneutics, language, orality and experiential elements of scripture.
REL 513/HIS 534
Studies in Ancient Judaism
Transcript Topic Title: Scholars and their Critics */AUD
Yaacob Dweck & Moulie Vidas
This seminar analyzes the construction and presentation of scholarly practices in key moments of Jewish history from late antiquity through the modern period. We discuss transformations in the figure of the scholar, the ideology of scholarship and its critique, the changing material conditions of scholarship, and the relationship between scholarship and the formation of distinct religious, social, and political movements.
Religion and Critical Thought Workshop */aud
Eric S. Gregory
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
9:30 am-10:50 Th
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
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.
REL 529 */aud
Workshop in Islamic Studies
Shaun E. Marmon
A weekly year-long Religion workshop focusing on the research and writing of graduate students, faculty, and visitors in Islamic Studies. This workshop provides a forum for presentation of works in progress: drafts of dissertation chapters, dissertation proposals, seminar papers, conference papers, articles and book chapters. All Islamic Studies graduate students are encouraged to participate as presenters and as commentators. The workshop fosters collegiality and professional development. Note: REL 529 (fall) and REL 530 (spring) constitute this year-long workshop. Students must take the course both semesters to receive credit/grade.
Readings in Japanese Religions
Transcript Topic Title: Ancient and Medieval Buddhist Texts */aud
10:00 am-12:50 W
This seminar introduces Buddhist texts and genres from ancient and medieval Japan (roughly eighth through twelfth centuries). We read tales, homiletic notes, and doctrinal works (Tendai and Shingon) as well as other texts in accord with student interest. Topics include narrative, cosmology, ethics, ritual, manuscript cultures, and esoteric Buddhism. Significant time is spent on research methods and tools necessary for the study of Buddhism. Readings require basic familiarity with at least one of the following languages: classical Chinese, kanbun, or classical Japanese.