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Courses in LSA Studies in Religion
Religion (RELIGION)
RELIGION 402. Topics in Religion
Junior standing or permission of instructor. (1 - 3; 2 in the half-term). May not be repeated for credit.

RELIGION 421 / AAS 421 / HISTORY 421 / LACS 421. Religions of the African Diaspora
(3). May not be repeated for credit. Rackham credit requires additional work.

Conceptualizes "diaspora" and introduces Brazilian Candomble, Cuban Santeria and Palo Monte, Haitian Vodou, Jamaican and globalized Rastafari, the ancestor religion of the Garifuna of Central America, and Afro-Indian practices in Trinidad. Studies of historical development as well as contemporary practice will be used.

RELIGION 442 / ACABS 414. Mythology and Literature of Ancient Mesopotamia
(3). May not be repeated for credit.

This course will provide a broad introduction to the two and a half millennia of Sumerian and Akkadian writing including myth and literature. It will be studied from a variety of perspectives, concentrating on the historical and social contexts of writing. Genre theory, semiotics, hermeneutics and reader response will be studied in conjunction with the unique problems of ancient myths.

RELIGION 448 / PSYCH 418. Psychology and Spiritual Development
One of the following: PSYCH 111, 112, 114, or 115, and permission of instructor. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

This course explores the contributions of transpersonal psychology in examining direct spiritual experience, the division to work within a specific spiritual discipline, and the diversity of lives led in search of life's highest goals.

RELIGION 464 / ASIAN 464 / HISTORY 470. From Mystic Saints to Holy Warriors: Islam in Southeast Asia
(3). May not be repeated for credit. Rackham credit requires additional work.

Islam has taken many forms in Southeast Asia: from the sometimes otherworldly mysticism of Sufi saints to the hard-liner Islamist agendas of some contemporary jihadists. This course is an interdisciplinary exploration of these various forms of Islamic expression, viewing them through the lenses of history, culture, politics, and film.

RELIGION 465 / NEAREAST 421. Islamic Mysticism: Sufism in Time and Space
(3). May not be repeated for credit. Taught in English.

Beginning with the Qur'anic origins of Islamic mysticism and its early Christian and ascetic influences, this course will explore the central themes and institutional forms of Sufism, a stream of Islam which stresses the esoteric (mystical) dimensions of religious faith. It will reflect upon the inward quest and devotions of Muslim mystics as these have been lived and expressed in art, theology, literature, and fellowship since the 8th century CE.

RELIGION 467 / AAPTIS 467. Shi'ism: The History of Messianism and the Pursuit of Justice in Islamdom
Junior standing or permission of instructor. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

The course will survey the history of diverse Alid movements from the assassination of Ali (d.661) to the crystallization of shi'ism into distinct political, legal and theological schools (Twelver, Isma'ili, Zaydi), and ends with the establishment of Twelver Shi'ism as an imperial religion in Safvi Iran (1501-1722). Emphasis on the debate over authority.

RELIGION 469 / HJCS 478 / JUDAIC 468. Jewish Mysticism
(3). May not be repeated for credit. Taught in English.

A critical study of the historical development of Jewish mysticism, its symbolic universe and its social ramifications. While the course will survey mystical traditions from the early rabbinic period through the modern, the focus will be on the variegated medieval stream known as kabbalah.

RELIGION 471 / HJCS 577 / JUDAIC 467. Seminar: Topics in the Study of Judaism
(3). May be repeated for a maximum of 9 credits. May be elected more than once in the same term.

Topics within history of modern Judaism such as reform and tradition in modern Judaism, theological responses to the Holocaust, modern Jewish philosophy. Topics will change.

RELIGION 476 / CLCIV 476 / HISTORY 405. Pagans and Christians in the Roman World
(4; 3 in the half-term). May not be repeated for credit.

The course, will trace the formation of Christian ideas and modes of conduct in the Roman empire, examine religion both as a form of cultural and political expression and as a method of establishing a variety of contacts with a supernatural world. We thus begin with an analysis of what, was meant by culture and politics, while also looking at different ways of constructing a supernatural world.

RELIGION 478 / HJCS 477 / JUDAIC 478. Modern Jewish Thought
(3). May not be repeated for credit. Taught in English.

RELIGION 487. Independent Study
Consent of instructor required. Only one course from RELIGION 380, 387 and 487 may be elected in the same term. (1 - 3). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit. F, W, Sp/Su.

RELIGION 488 / ACABS 421 / CLCIV 483. Christianity and Hellenistic Civilizations
(3). May not be repeated for credit.

This seminar course covers a number of topics exploring the relationship between Christianity as a religious tradition in antiquity and the cultural and social traditions of the ancient Mediterranean.

RELIGION 496 / AAPTIS 495 / HISTORY 429 / WOMENSTD 471. Gender and Sexuality in Pre-Modern Islam
Students should preferably have had one course in Islamic Studies. (3). May not be repeated for credit. Taught in English.

An introduction to Muslim understanding of gender and gender relations, first through a study of those sacred texts (Qur'an and Hadith) that came to define the ideal woman and man, as well as their roles and relationships. Then, gender participation in the political and cultural life of the Safavi, Ottoman and Mughal Courts shall be explored to view the interplay between theory and practice.

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