Religions Resist Modernity|
Fall 2008 not offered
Why did the Taliban forbid television? Why do Creationists reject evolution? Why did Gandhi insist that Indian nationalists spin their own thread? Throughout the last century, resistance has been rising to modernity, and religion has been playing an increasingly important role in challenging the globalization of modern Western values. This seminar will explore how Europe transformed itself into a modern society with worldwide influence. Then it will investigate how the Lakota Sioux, Christian creationists, Mohandas Gandhi, Malcolm X, the Branch Davidians, and the Taliban each have used religion in an attempt to resist some aspect of modernity either outside the Western world and within it.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (RELI)(SISP-Reli Conc)
John Neihardt, BLACK ELK SPEAKS
Robert Lee, INHERIT THE WIND
Mohandas Gandhi, MY EXPERIMENTS WITH TRUTH
Malcolm X, AUTOBIOGRAPHY
Stuart Wright, ed. ARMAGEDDON IN WACO
Sherifa Zuhur, REVEALING REVEILING
|Examination and Assignments: |
Three short papers, one exam, 12-page research paper.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Attendance and participation is mandatory. This course fulfills a "Religion in Society" requirement.