What is Religion? JewBus, Museums, and the First Amendment (FYS)|
Why did the FBI assault the Branch Davidians' compound near Waco, Texas, thinking it was a cult, while those inside viewed the government as serving the anti-Christ? Can one be Buddhist and Jewish at the same time? Are museums religious spaces? Does secularism protect religion from the government or the government from religion? This class will introduce you to the ways in which we study religions by reading critical case studies, including those about Muslims debating the hijab, the treatment of sacred objects in museums, and freedom of religion court cases. This is not a survey of world religions, and once you've taken What is Religion?, you'll know why we don't teach that at Wes. You will also have a critical set of intellectual tools for understanding the role of religion in the contemporary world.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: |
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CJST-MN)(RELI-MN)(RELI)
||Past Enrollment Probability: 75% - 89%
|Special Attributes: FYS|
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
James Tabor & Eugene Gallagher, WHY WACO? CULTS AND THE BATTLE FOR RELIGIOUS FREEDOM IN AMERICA
Saba Mahmood, POLITICS OF PIETY: THE ISLAMIST REVIVAL AND THE FEMINIST SUBJECT
Winnifred Sullivan, THE IMPOSSIBILITY OF RELIGIOUS FREEDOM
David Morgan, THE SACRED GAZE: RELIGIOUS VISUAL CULTURE IN THEORY AND PRACTICE
Emily Sigalow, AMERICAN JEWBU: JEWS, BUDDHISTS, AND RELIGIOUS CHANGE
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Assignments include three critical papers dealing with scholarly evidence and argumentation and weekly short responses.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Students considering majoring or minoring in Religion should register for a letter grade.
Attendance and participation are required
|Instructor(s): Feller,Yaniv Times: .M.W... 10:50AM-12:10PM; Location: RSCSEM; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 15||SR major: X||JR major: X|| || |
|Seats Available: 0||GRAD: X||SR non-major: X||JR non-major: X||SO: X||FR: 15|
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