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RELS
Religious Studies
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07/19/2024 at 10:30 PM
RELS120
Islamic Civilization
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU
Cross-listed with: 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.
RELS133
God Wills It! The Crusades in Medieval and Modern Perspectives
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHS, SCIS
Cross-listed with: HIST133.
Credit only granted for: HIST133, RELS133 or RELS289D.
Formerly: RELS289D.
An examination of the identities and convictions both of the Western Europeans who participated in the Crusades and of the Easterners (Muslim, Christian, and Jewish) whom they encountered in the Holy Land. Focuses on the era of the first four great Crusades, from about 1095 to 1215. Consideration of the cultural impact of these movements on both Western Europe and the Middle East.
RELS170
Ancient Myths and Modern Lives
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU, SCIS
Cross-listed with: CLAS170.
Credit only granted for: CLAS170 or RELS170.
Additional information: This course cannot be taken for language credit.
What are myths and why do we tell them? What powers do myths have? We will tackle these questions by looking at the enduring and fascinating myths from ancient Greece and Rome. In addition to studying how they shaped ancient societies, we will also look at their modern influence and reflect upon the power that myths still hold in our contemporary world. Taught in English.
RELS171
Is Judaism a Religion?
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU, DVUP, SCIS
Cross-listed with: JWST171.
Credit only granted for: JWST171 or RELS171.
Jewish identity can be framed in terms of ethnicity, culture, and religious practice, but also in terms of more contemporary social constructions including social action, political engagement, and intellectual pursuit. In the context of such diverse social and individual frames, what does it mean to identify Judaism as a religion? Attention to Jewish society in historical and global perspective will provide a backdrop for a particular focus on contemporary Jews in the United States and Israel.
RELS225
Religions of the Ancient Near East
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU
Cross-listed with: HIST219I, JWST225.
Credit only granted for: JWST225, HIST219I, RELS225, or RELS219A.
Formerly: RELS219A.
Introduction to ancient Near Eastern religious systems and mythology, from the third millennium BCE through the fourth century BCE. Particular emphasis on Mesopotamia and ancient Israel.
RELS274
Jerusalem in Antiquity: The History of Sacred Space in a Holy City
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU, DVUP, SCIS
Cross-listed with: JWST274.
Credit only granted for: JWST274, RELS274, JWST289J or RELS289J.
Formerly: JWST289J, RELS289J.
Examines the complex history of Jerusalem's status as a holy city, with a focus on constructions of sacred space in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.
RELS319K
Special Topics in Religious Studies; The Roman Empire in Late Antiquity
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Cross-listed with HIST319C. Credit only granted for RELS319K or HIST319C.

Explores a famous historical conundrum Edward Gibbon (d. 1794) defined as The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. What historical forces, operating between the third century and the seventh, brought the high Classical civilization of the Greeks and Romans to an end? Was it the invasions of Germans and other barbarian peoples? The bubonic plague or climate disasters? Do we think our own societies and governments would respond to similar challenges? Or, was Gibbon wrong, and Rome never really "fell?"
RELS341
Europe in the High Middle Ages: 1000-1500
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Cross-listed with: 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
Cross-listed with: 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 economic 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.
RELS419Q
Advanced Topics in Religious Studies; Sufism: History, Literature, and Politics of Islamic Mysticism
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Cross-listed with PERS498T, PERS689T, HIST428Q, and HIST638Q. Credit only granted for PERS498T, PERS689T, HIST428Q, HIST638Q, or RELS419Q.

Provides an introduction to the history, literature, and politics of Sufism the Islamic "mystical" mode of piety from its origins to the modern period.
RELS499
Independent Study in Religious Studies
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Contact department for information to register for this course.
RELS619B
(Perm Req)
Directed Readings in Religous Studies; Islam and the Body
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud, S-F
Contact department for information to register for this course.