What is Religion? JewBus, Museums, and the First Amendment (FYS)|
Spring 2022 not offered
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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||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CJST-MN)(RELI-MN)(RELI)
Michael Barnett, ed. Rastafari in the New Millennium. [selections]
David Chidester, SALVATION AND SUICIDE (Indiana, 2003). ISBN: 025321632X
Church of the Lukumi Babalu Aye v. City of Hialeah (Supreme Court case)
Griffith, Marie R. and Barbara D. Savage, eds, WOMEN AND RELIGION IN THE AFRICAN DIASPORA: KNOWLEDGE, POWER, AND PERFORMANCE, (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2006) [selections]
Lofton, Katherine, OPRAH: GOSPEL OF AN ICON
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Weekly short response papers; Three five-page essays dealing with scholarly evidence and argumentation.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Attendance and participation are required.
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