Religion and History|
Fall 2008 not offered
|Course Cluster: Christianity Studies, Southern Asia Studies|
Religion and History share a great deal. Both seek a connection to the world of the dead to provide meaning for the living. Both utilize narrative strategies. And at their most ambitious, both seek to explain and interpret the universe and even predict the future. The goals of this seminar are: first, to explore the ways in which religion and history interpenetrate; and second, to deepen students┐ appreciation of the possibilities and difficulties of studying religion in a scholarly way, particularly within the discipline of history. We will read widely in philosophy of history, history of religion, and history; and an effort will be made to draw on primary sources from a diverse array of religious and historiographical traditions.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (HIST-MN)(HIST)(RELI)(SISP-Reli Conc)
Carolyn Walker, HOLY FEAST AND HOLY FAST
Jean and John Comaroff, OF REVELATION AND REVOLUTION
Richard Eaton, THE RISE OF ISLAM ON THE BENGAL FRONTIER
Erik Erikson, GANDHI'S TRUTH
Carlo Ginzburg, THE CHEESE AND THE WORMS
Jacob Katz, TRADITION AND CRISIS: JEWISH SOCIETY AT THE END OF THE MIDDLE AGES
David Martin, TONGUES OF FIRE: THE EXPLOSION OF PENTECOSTALISM IN LATIN AMERICA
James Axtell, THE INVASION WITHIN: THE CONTEST OF CULTURES IN COLONIAL NORTH AMERICA
Peter van der Veer, IMPERIAL ENCOUNTERES: RELIGION AND MODERNITY IN INDIA AND BRITAIN
Marshall Sahlins, HOW NATIVES THINK: ABOUT CAPTAIN COOK FOR EXAMPLE
Albert J. Raboteaux, SLAVE RELIGION: THE INVISIBLE INSTITUTION IN THE ANTEBELLUM SOUTH
|Examination and Assignments: |
Six small and one large paper. Classroom presentation.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
No late papers; no incompletes. Only COL students can take this course pass/fail. All other students must take this course for letter grade. This course fulfills a "Critical Theory" requirement for Religion majors.