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Business Ethics and Modern Religious Thought (EM)
Subject associations
REL 219 / SOC 219

The course objective is to equip future leaders to successfully navigate ethical dilemmas in their future careers. Students will learn basic ethics theory, classical ethical schools, and develop practical tools for business ethics. The course focuses on the role of religion and spirituality as a resource for ethical formation, frameworks, and decision-making. This will be applied to contemporary business ethics case studies and wider issues surrounding faith and work, and will include guest CEO visitors.

Instructors
David W. Miller
Theories and Methods in the Study of Religion (EC)
Subject associations
REL 222 / HUM 222

This course explores major theories and methods in the study of religion, starting with Enlightenment thinkers (Spinoza, Hume), before turning to the rise of social sciences in the study of religion (Durkheim, Weber), and ending with contemporary topics in the study of religion. Topics to be explored include rationality and religion; secularism; the effects of colonialism on the study of religion; gender and sexuality; religion and psychology; the conflict between freedom of religion and the state.

Instructors
Liane F. Carlson
The Buddhist World of Thought and Practice (HA)
Subject associations
REL 225

This course surveys the development of Buddhism from its beginnings in India through some of its later forms in East Asia, Tibet, and the West. Attention will be given to continuity and diversity within Buddhism, its modes of self-definition as a religious tradition, the interplay of its practical and trans-worldly concerns, and its transformations in specific historical and cultural settings.

Instructors
Jacqueline I. Stone
The Religions of China (EM)
Subject associations
REL 226 / EAS 226

A thematic introduction to Chinese religion, ranging from ancient to contemporary. The first half focuses on classics of Chinese thought (Book of Changes, Analects of Confucius, Laozi's Dao de jing, etc.); the second half utilizes ethnography and history to consider topics such as cosmology, ancestors, gods and saints, mythology, ethics, divination, gender, and ritual.

Instructors
Stephen F. Teiser
The Religions of China (EM)
Subject associations
REL 226 / EAS 226

A thematic introduction to Chinese religion, ranging from ancient to contemporary. The first half focuses on classics of Chinese thought (Book of Changes, Analects of Confucius, Daoist classics, etc.). The second half utilizes journalism, ethnography, and history to consider topics such as contemporary China, state control of religion, cosmology, gods and saints, divination, gender, and ritual.

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Area of Study Requirement: Religions of Asia

Instructors
Stephen F. Teiser
The Religions of China (EM)
Subject associations
REL 226 / EAS 226

A thematic introduction to Chinese religion, ranging from ancient to contemporary. The first half focuses on classics of Chinese philosophy (Book of Changes, Analects of Confucius, Daoist classics, etc.). The second half utilizes journalism, ethnography, films, social media, and author interviews to consider contemporary China, popular movements, state control of religion, cosmology, gods, saints, divination, gender, and ritual.

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Area of Study Requirement: Religions of Asia

Instructors
Stephen F. Teiser
The Religions of China (EM)
Subject associations
REL 226 / EAS 226

A thematic introduction to Chinese religion, ranging from ancient to contemporary. The first half focuses on classics of Chinese thought (Book of Changes, Analects of Confucius, Daoist classics, etc.). The second half utilizes journalism, ethnography, and history to consider topics such as contemporary China, state control of religion, cosmology, gods and saints, divination, gender, and ritual.

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Department Area Requirement: Religions of Asia

Instructors
Stephen F. Teiser
The Religions of China (EM)
Subject associations
REL 226 / EAS 226

A thematic introduction to Chinese religion, ranging from ancient to contemporary. The first half focuses on classics of Chinese thought (Book of Changes, Analects of Confucius, Daoist classics, etc.). The second half utilizes journalism, ethnography, and history to consider topics such as contemporary China, state control of religion, cosmology, gods and saints, divination, gender, and ritual.

Instructors
Stephen F. Teiser
Tibetan Buddhism (EM)
Subject associations
REL 227

This course is a survey of the Buddhist traditions of Tibet, focusing on the doctrines and practices of the main schools of tantric ritual and meditation. Topics covered include: the formation and maintenance of institutionalized lineages; lives of Buddhist saints, scholars and reincarnate lamas; politics and religion; and Tibet through the lenses of the Chinese, and the West.

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Area of Study Requirement: Religions of Asia

Instructors
Jonathan C. Gold
Religion in Japanese Culture (HA)
Subject associations
REL 228 / EAS 228

What does religion mean for a culture in which the majority of people identify as nonbelievers but still regularly engage in seemingly religious acts? By looking at practices and teachings that do not easily map onto monotheistic traditions, we will question commonly held assumptions about religion. This course introduces major themes and issues in Japanese religions from ancient to modern times, focusing on the role of religion in culture and history. We will examine aspects of Buddhist, Shinto, Christian and other traditions, as well as topics such as myths, ghosts, the environment, politics, secularism, and violence.

Instructors
Bryan D. Lowe
Religion in Japanese Culture (HA)
Subject associations
REL 228 / EAS 228

This course will provide an introduction to major themes and issues in Japanese religions from ancient to modern times, focusing on the role of religion in culture and history. We will examine representative aspects of Buddhist, Shinto, Kirishitan (Christian) and other religious traditions, as well as such topics as myth, ritual, death, politics, and violence.

Instructors
Bryan D. Lowe
Who Wrote the Bible (HA)
Subject associations
REL 230 / JDS 230

The course will introduce students to the Hebrew Bible ("Old Testament") in its ancient Near Eastern setting. Key concepts such as God, worship, the afterlife, and history, will be scrutinized through a careful reading of a selection of Biblical texts including the Creation and Garden of Eden narratives in Genesis, the laws of Deuteronomy, the prophecies of Isaiah, and the poetry of Psalms. Particular attention will be paid to questions of authorship--possible dating, social setting, and original audience; and to transformations that the texts underwent through a continuous process of transmission and interpretation.

Instructors
Laura E. Quick
Who Wrote the Bible (HA)
Subject associations
REL 230 / JDS 230

The Hebrew Bible (Christian "Old Testament") is a collection of diverse books that is central to worldwide social, political, and religious experience. Despite this centrality, there are many mysteries and misconceptions about how the Bible came into being and what it really says. In this class, we will explore the Bible's historical context and ancient meaning, with a focus on matters of composition and early reception. Moving beyond the project of identifying texts with authors, we will use biblical and ancient non-biblical sources to situate biblical authors with respect to institutions, class, gender, and more.

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Department Area Requirement: Ancient Mediterranean

Instructors
Madadh Richey
Who Wrote the Bible (HA)
Subject associations
REL 230 / JDS 230

This course introduces the Hebrew Bible (Christian "Old Testament"), a complex anthology written by many people over nearly a thousand years. In this class, we will ask questions about the Hebrew Bible's historical context and ancient meaning, as well as its literary profile and early reception. Who wrote the Bible? When and how was it written? What sources did its authors draw on to write these stories? And to what circumstances were they responding? Students will develop the skills to critically analyze written sources, and to understand, contextualize, and critique the assumptions inherent in modern treatments of the Bible.

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Area of Study Requirement: Ancient Judaism, Christianity, and Greek and Roman Religions

Instructors
Liane M. Feldman
The University: Its History and Purpose (EC)
Subject associations
REL 233 / HUM 236

This course offers students philosophical and historical foundations for participating in contemporary debates about higher education. The first half of the course surveys the history of thought about learning, education, and scholarship as well as the emergence of academic institutions in the Middle East, Europe, and the United States; the second half examines a series of contemporary issues and debates in and on higher education. Throughout the course, we will pay special attention to Princeton's past, present, and future.

Instructors
Moulie Vidas
Sacrifice: From Moses to the Modern Era (HA)
Subject associations
REL 234 / JDS 234 / NES 206

This course is an interdisciplinary introduction to the idea of sacrifice in ancient Israel. We will examine sacrifice as a religious practice through literature, history, archaeology, and theology. Students will also study material artifacts related to sacrifice, and learn about the histories of excavating, acquiring, and curating those artifacts for public display. The focus of this course will be on ancient Israelite religion, but we will discuss related Mesopotamian, ancient Greek, Christian, and Jewish materials. At the end of the course, we will critically analyze multiple representations of sacrifice and temples in the modern world.

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Area of Study Requirement: Ancient Judaism, Christianity, and Greek and Roman Religions

Instructors
Liane M. Feldman
In the Shadow of Swords: War, Martyrdom and the Afterlife in Islam (EM)
Subject associations
REL 235 / NES 235

How were just war, holy war, and martyrdom imagined and enacted over the centuries in Islamic societies? How do concepts of the afterlife inform attitudes towards war and martyrdom? We begin in the Late Antique world with a survey of noble death, martyrdom, holy war, and just war, in the Roman, Jewish and Christian traditions. We explore these topics in the Islamic tradition through case studies: the Arab conquests, the Crusades, Spain and the Reconquista, the Iran-Iraq war and contemporary jihadist movements. We use primary sources in translation (including fiction and poetry) and, for modern period, films and internet.

Instructors
Shaun E. Marmon
Holy War, Martyrdom and Sacrifice in the Islamic Tradition (EM)
Subject associations
REL 235 / NES 235

How were just war, holy war, and martyrdom imagined and enacted over the centuries in Islamic societies? How do concepts of the afterlife inform attitudes towards war and martyrdom? We begin in the Late Antique world with a survey of noble death, martyrdom, holy war, and just war, in the Roman, Jewish and Christian traditions. We explore these topics in the Islamic tradition through case studies: the Arab conquests, the Crusades, Spain and the Reconquista, the Iran-Iraq war and contemporary jihadist movements. We use primary sources in translation (including fiction and poetry) and, for modern period, films and internet.

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Area of Study Requirement : Islam

Instructors
Shaun E. Marmon
Holy War, Martyrdom and Sacrifice in the Islamic Tradition (EM)
Subject associations
REL 235 / NES 235

How were just war, holy war, and martyrdom imagined and enacted over the centuries in Islamic societies? How do concepts of the afterlife inform attitudes towards war and martyrdom? We begin in the Late Antique world with a survey of noble death, martyrdom, holy war, and just war, in the Roman, Jewish and Christian traditions. We explore these topics in the Islamic tradition through case studies: the Arab conquests, the Crusades, Spain and the Reconquista, the Iran-Iraq war and contemporary jihadist movements. We use primary sources in translation (including fiction and poetry) and, for modern period, films and internet.

Instructors
Shaun E. Marmon
Introduction to Islam (SA)
Subject associations
REL 236 / NES 236

This course is a survey of Islamic civilization and culture in both historical and in contemporary times. We cover major themes of Islamic religious thought including the Quran and its interpretation, the intellectual history of Islam, Sufism, Islamic law, and Muslim reform. Through the utilization of both secondary and primary sources (religious and literary texts, films), we examine Islam as an ongoing discursive tradition. In addition to gaining an understanding of the problems associated with the study of Islam, this course should equip you with the tools required to analyze broader theoretical issues pertinent to the study of religion.

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Area of Study Requirement: Islam

Instructors
Tehseen Thaver