History of Israelite Religion RELST-GA 1327 (Same as HBRJD-GA 1215), Fleming
Wednesday 8:00am-10:45am. Class #21954. 4 Pts. KJCC 109
Treats the biblical, archaeological, and comparative ancient Near Eastern evidence for Israelite religion in its origins, change, and conflict. Emphasis is on questions of definition and focus.
The Study of Islam: Problems & Methods RELST-GA 1505 (Same as MEIS-GA 2725), Katz
Monday 4:55pm-7:35pm. Class #24502. 4 Pts. SILV 504
This course offers a broad overview of long-term trajectories and current debates in Islamic studies. It combines critical examination of the historical development of various aspects of the field with a focus on the current state of some of the most salient debates. Readings will include recent scholarship representing contrasting methodological approaches to major themes such as law, Sufism, sectarianism, and eduation, as well as works addressing larger-scale questions about the nature of Islam and of Islamic studies.
Topics: Jewish Studies and Religious Studies RELST-GA 1760 (Same as HBRJD-GA 2690), Reed
Wednesday 11:00am-1:45pm. Class #22081. 4 Pts. KJCC 109
With a combined focus on theory and pedagogy, this course will consider the relationship between Religious Studies and Jewish Studies, both past and present. We will survey some of the intertwined histories of the two fields from the 19th century to the present. We will also consider key theoretical writings and debates in each, in the present, and discuss current pedagogical challenges, including with respect to practicalities of course design and teaching.
Topics Seminar: Sources of Religion & Morality RELST-GA 2467, de Vries
Thursday 2:00pm-4:45pm. Class #22802. 4 Pts. 726 Broadway Rm 542
Religion and morality, like politics, to name just these three different value spheres, do not stand on their own, but have their sources, their archives. Whatever systems of thought, rituals, institutional practices, norms and legal codes they come up with, these are occasional pragmatic arrangements – historical apparatuses, traditional and modern discourses – that can be revisited and revised. As such, they can always be perverted but also perfected. What results – the world as we find it – consists of modes of existence and forms of life that are themselves merely a curious and unstable mix of deep metaphysical or ontological commitments, on the one hand, that inspire and/or disrupt structured habits and customs, intellectual criteria and aesthetic standards, on the other. In this seminar, we will follow the lead of some great philosophers and philologists, social and political theorists, to study this paradoxical and, often, self-contradictory history and logic of openness and closure, dynamics and stasis. Our emphasis will, first, be on the “spiritual” impulse and reorientation that religion and morality, at least since the so-called “axial age,” are deemed to have fostered throughout the centuries. Yet we will, second, also ask what generic and strangely generative type of “spiritual experience” and “exercise," and, especially, what “political spirituality” such presumed possible revolutionary change of minds, hearts, and bodies further implied and implies, up to this day. Readings will include Henri Bergson, William James, Michel Foucault, Pierre Hadot, Karl Jaspers, Robert N. Bellah, Charles Taylor, and the selected sources (mystical, theological, and ethical) they themselves use.
Topical Seminar: Secularization and Secularism RELST-GA 2476 (Same as MEIS-GA 1770), Alatas
Wednesday 4:55pm-7:35pm. Class #19724. 4 Pts. KEVO LL2
What is the relationship between the political and the religious? How are both domains constituted and distinguished? What processes led to the emergence of "secular" as an epistemic category? What kinds of epistemic and practical negotiations are involved in the constitution of the "secular" and the "religious"? These are the fundamental questions explored in this course.
M.A. Thesis Research RELST-GA 2902
Class # 3000. 4 Pts.
Directed Study - Christianity RELST-GA 2922
Class #3001. 1-4 Pts.
Directed Study - Judaism RELST-GA 2932
Class # 3002. 1-4 Pts.
Directed Study - Islam RELST-GA 2942
Class # 3003; 1-4 Pts.
Directed Study - Asian Religion RELST-GA 2952
Class # 3004. 1-4 Pts.
Directed Study - Philosophy of Religion RELST-GA 2962
Class # 3005. 1-4 Pts.
Directed Study - Topics in Religion RELST-GA 2972
Class #3006. 1-4 Pts.