CRN

90238

Course No.

REL 104

Title

Introduction to Judaism

Professor

Jacob Neusner / Joanna Katz

Schedule

Mon 10:00 am - 12:00pm OLIN 304

Th 10:00 am - 11:00 am OLIN 202 .

Distribution

C

Cross-listed: Jewish Studies

Diverse Judaic religious systems ("Judaisms") have flourished in various times and places. No single Judaism traces a linear, unitary, traditional line from the beginning to the present. This course sets forth a method for describing, analyzing, and interpreting Judaic religious systems and for comparing one such system with another. It emphasizes the formative history of Rabbinic Judaism in ancient and medieval times, and the development, in modern times, of both developments out of that Judaism and Judaic systems competing with it: Reform, Orthodox, Conservative Judaisms in the 19th century, Zionism, the American Judaism of Holocaust and Redemption, in the twentieth. In both the classical and the contemporary phases of the course, analysis focuses upon the constant place of women in Judaic systems as a basis for comparison and contrast.

CRN

90124

Course No.

REL 105

Title

The Religion of Islam

Professor

Amina Steinfels

Schedule

Tu Th 10:00 am - 11:20 am OLIN 304

Distribution

C

This course is an introductory survey of Islamic religious thought and practices. Its purpose is to introduce students to the essential aspects of the religion of Islam as well as presenting the most significant sectarian and intellectual developments in their historical contexts. Topics covered are the Quran, Muhammad, law, theology, mysticism, sectarianism and fundamentalism. Attitudes towards women, sexuality, and non-Muslims are also dealt with as well as the status of Islam in the contemporary world and in America.

CRN

90125

Course No.

REL 225

Title

Intermediate Readings-Sanskrit

Professor

Richard Davis

Schedule

Mon Wed 3:00 pm -4:20 pm OLIN 204

Distribution

D

The course combines intermediate-level readings in Sanskrit with the study of Indian society and religion. Beginning with a review of basic grammatical structures of Sanskrit, students will quickly move on to read Sanskrit texts such as the animal fables of the Hitopadesa, the religious philosophy of the Bhagavad Gita, and the classic poetic rendition of the Buddha's life, the Buddhacarita of Asvaghosa. Prerequisite: Sanskrit 101-102 or equivalent.

CRN

90126

Course No.

REL 237

Title

Tibetan Civilization

Professor

Brad Clough

Schedule

Tu Th 1:30 pm -2:50 pm OLIN 203

Distribution

A/C

Cross-listed: Asian Studies

This course is a historical introduction to the civilization of the greater Tibetan cultural area of central Asia, from its origins to Tibet's annexation by China in the 1950s and the subsequent relocation of Tibetan communities in exile. The major topics include Buddhist and Bon religious traditions, geography and ethnicity, political history, social life and customs, and arts and literature. There are no prerequisites, but some knowledge of Buddhism would be helpful. Students who have no previous courses in Buddhism will be expected to do some additional reading at the outset.

CRN

90128

Course No.

REL 241

Title

Myth and the Arts of India

Professor

Richard Davis

Schedule

Tu Th 11:30 am - 12:50 pm OLIN 102

Distribution

A/C

Cross-listed: Asian Studies

Stories about the legendary heroes and gods of India form the basis for much of the literature, visual art, and performing arts of southern Asia. In this course we will examine narratives from the Hindu epics, Puranas, and other literary sources relating the deeds of Visnu and his incarnations, the various manifestations of the Goddess, Siva in his multiple forms, and the Buddha Sakyamuni and his former lives. We will also explore how these myths have been represented visually in painting and temple sculpture, and how they are retold in the performative traditions of Indian drama and dance. In addition to the arts of India, we will also consider how these mythological traditions have been both preserved and transformed in the arts of Bali and Indonesia.

CRN

90127

Course No.

REL 255

Title

Islam in South Asia

Professor

Amina Steinfels

Schedule

Mon Wed 11:30 am - 12:50pm OLIN 204

Distribution

A/C

Cross-listed: Asian Studies

Since Islam came to the Indian subcontinent, over a millennium ago, the region has been the site of contact, conflict and accommodation between two of the world's greatest religious traditions, Islam and Hinduism. The contemporary states of Pakistan, Bangladesh and India contain some of the largest Muslim communities in the world. In this course we will examine the formation of these communities and the ways in which Islamic thought and practice were shaped in reaction to the South Asian cultural context. Topics covered will include political and legal attitudes towards the Hindu majority, conversion to Islam, syncretic movements which attempted to unite Islam and Hinduism, mysticism, and the role of religious identity in 20th-century nation building.

CRN

90358

Course No.

REL 303 (Upper College Seminar)

Title

Understandings of Church in the Modern Age

Professor

Paul Murray

Schedule

Tu 7:00 pm - 9:20 pm OLIN 203

Distribution

A/C

"Church," as a concept, social reality, repository of values, instrument of change, political force, structure, goal, vision, spirituality community, and object of faith, has been the subject of intense speculation and reappraisal throughout the Twentieth Century. This seminar will examine the relationship between differing understandings of church and the ways in which persons and communities actually engage, experience and relate to church organizations. The program of study will include the works of contemporary theologians, as well as historical sociological and cultural perspectives on experiences of individuals, congregations, hierarchies and denominations.

Prerequisite: moderation in Social Studies, or permission of the instructor.

CRN

90236

Course No.

REL 308 (Upper College Seminar)

Title

Comparative Theology: Classical Christianity and Rabbinic Judaism

Professor

Bruce Chilton / Jacob Neusner

Schedule

Tu 10:30 am - 12:50 pm OLIN 309

Distribution

A/C

Cross-listed: Jewish Studies

During their formative periods, Christianity and Judaism framed their principal myths in an environment of philosophical conflict and debate. The course will pursue the distinctive theology of each, by means of topics which are comparable in both. Our topics include Creation and the Fall, Torah and Christ, the Body of Christ and Israel, Ethics, Sin and Atonement, and Eternal Life.