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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). (R&E). 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 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 461 / ISLAM 424 / NEAREAST 424. Islamic Intellectual History
Taught in English. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

A comparative study of Islamic Sufism, theosophy, philosophy, and dialectical theology, focusing on how these diverse fields - varying in methodology and purpose - have conceived of God and the relationship between him and the created world, especially the world of human beings.

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 / NEAREAST 422. 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 468 / CLCIV 466. Greek Religion
(3; 2 in the half-term). May not be repeated for credit.

RELIGION 469 / JUDAIC 468 / NEAREAST 456. 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 / JUDAIC 467 / NEAREAST 476. 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 478 / JUDAIC 478 / NEAREAST 455. Modern Jewish Thought
(3). May not be repeated for credit. Taught in English.

An exploration of selected 20th-century Jewish thinkers and their responses to the crisis of modernity (and post-modernity): the breakdown of traditional Jewish culture and its system of meaning; the encounter with, and assimilation of, Western culture; the impact of the traumas of World War I and the Holocaust; and the contemporary quest for intimacy and tikkun, or "healing."

RELIGION 485 / ASIAN 485. Religion in China
Consent of instructor required. ASIAN 230 or permission of instructor. (3). May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits.

This seminar examines the histories, doctrines, and practices of religious traditions in China. It makes extensive use of primary materials (both in Chinese and in translation) and secondary scholarship to investigate the relationships between literature, history, culture, and belief.

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 / CLCIV 483 / NEAREAST 437. 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 / HISTORY 429 / NEAREAST 432 / 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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