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Courses - Fall 2018
RELS
Religious Studies
RELS120
Islamic Civilization
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: SH, D
GenEd: DSHU
Also offered as: HIST120.
Credit only granted for: HIST120 or RELS120.
Introduction to society and culture in the Middle East since the advent of Islam: as a personal and communal faith; as artistic and literary highlights of intellectual and cultural life; and as the interplay between politics and religion under the major Islamic regimes.
RELS170
Greek and Roman Mythology
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: HL
GenEd: DSHU
Also offered as: CLAS170.
Credit only granted for: CLAS170 or RELS170.
Additional information: This course cannot be taken for language credit.
An introduction to the mythology of ancient Greece and Rome. This cours is particularly recommended for students planning to major in foreign languages, English, history, the fine arts, or journalism. Taught in English.
RELS219D
Special Topics in Religious Studies; Why the Jews? Historical and Cultural Investigations
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Also offered as HIST287 and JWST233. Credit only granted for HIST287, JWST233, or RELS219D.
RELS219E
Special Topics in Religious Studies; Visual Cultures of Islam
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Also offered as AAST298B, ARTH389L, PERS298E, and HIST219E. Credit only granted for HIST219E, AAST298B, ARTH389L, PERS298E, or RELS219E.

Visual Cultures of Islam is part of the Digital Islamic Studies Curriculum (digitalislam.umich.edu). This course is taught by renowned University of Michigan instructor, Christiane Gruber, an expert in the field of Islamic Art, and digitally shared with the University of Maryland. In this course, Professor Gruber explores definitions of "Islamic" art and investigates various visual cultures of Islam around the world from the 7th to the 20th century. The course meets twice a week in real time using video conferencing technology and students are able to enroll directly at Maryland for course credit.
RELS219Z
Special Topics in Religious Studies; The Devil in the Western Imagination
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Also offered as HIST219Z. Credit granted for HIST219Z or RELS219Z.

Students take an interdisciplinary look at how the Devil has been thought of and portrayed over time, from the Bronze Age Middle East to the present.
RELS289D
God Wills It! The Crusades in Medieval and Modern Perspective
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: SH
GenEd: DSHS, SCIS
Also offered as: HIST133. Credit only granted for: HIST133, HIST289D, or RELS289D.
RELS289J
New Explorations in Religious Studies; Jerusalem in Antiquities
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU, SCIS
Also offered as JWST289J. Credit will be granted for JWST289J or RELS289J.

The questions of sacred space through the topic of Jerusalem are explored. The study of Jerusalem's history as a holy city reveals the many ways by which sacred space is constructed. It will also examine the development of places that continue to hold great sanctity in Judaism (the Western Wall), Christianity (the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and the Mount of Olives), and Islam (the Dome of the Rock and the Al-Aqsa Mosque on the Haram ash-Sharif).
RELS289M
Jesus, Mani, and Muhammad: The Dynamics of New Religious Movements
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: HO, D
GenEd: DSHU, DVUP, SCIS
Also offered as HIST289T. Credit Granted for RELS289M or HIST289T.
RELS319D
Special Topics in Religious Studies; Jews and Judaism in Antiquity II: First through Seventh Century
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Also offered as HIST371 and JWST326. Credit only granted for HIST371, JWST326, or RELS319D.
RELS319F
Special Topics in Religious Studies; Religion and Empire in Late Antiquity
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Also offered as RELS319F. Credit only granted for HIST329F and RELS319F.

This class surveys the history of the Mediterranean and Near East in Late Antiquity (c. 250-750 CE). It focuses on the relationship between state institutions, economic power and religious authority in the empires of Rome, Iran and their successor states.
RELS341
Europe in the High Middle Ages: 1000-1500
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Also offered as: HIST331.
Credit only granted for: HIST331 or RELS341.
Medieval civilization in the 11th through 15th centuries. Emphasis on cultural and political developments of the high Middle Ages with study of the principal sources of medieval thought and learning, art and architecture, and political theory prior to the Renaissance.
RELS342
Renaissance Europe
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: HIST112 or HIST111; or permission of instructor required.
Also offered as: HIST332.
Credit only granted for: HIST332 or RELS342.
Intellectual developments in Italy and Northern Europe from 1300 to 1550 and their influence on the arts and religion; social and economics trends, including the rise of the commercial economy in cities; the family and the role of women in society; expansion of Europe overseas and the beginnings of colonization; emergence of the state and consequent changes in political theory.
RELS346
History of Religion in America
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: HIST255, HIST211, HIST156, HIST254, HIST213, HIST157, or HIST210; or permission of instructor.
Also offered as: HIST306.
Credit only granted for: HIST306 or RELS346.
A history of religion, religious movements, and churches in America from the early Colonial period to the present, with special attention to the relation between church and society.
RELS499
(Perm Req)
Independent Study in Religious Studies
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Contact department for information to register for this course.