Talking About the Other: Jewish-Christian-Muslim Religious Polemic|
Spring 2012 not offered
Relations among Jews, Christians, and Muslims have been seen historically as adversarial, with mutual attitudes of animosity shaped by religious beliefs and polemic. This course will examine closely how Jews, Christians, and Muslims talked about each other in their religious and polemical works. Though these works are evidence of conflict, a close reading of these works will reveal a level of knowledge and understanding of the culture and beliefs of the other.
We will read works written by Jews, Christians, and Muslims, looking at their foundational texts, as well as explicit works of polemic. But the course will also examine other ways in which religious groups mark boundaries and engage in a dialogue: rituals, poetry, and art.
Information Literacy, Writing
Students will write research papers by designing the research project in stages: question and bibliography; outline; draft; final revised version. At each stage they will receive detailed feedback.
Students will be introduced to library and research resources and tools, such as EndNote, and will be expected to use them throughout the semester.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (RELI)
HarperCollins Study Bible
The Koran Intepreted (by Ashberry)
Augustine, CITY OF GOD
Judah Ha-Levi THE KUZARI
Selections from other works, such as the anonymous Jewish polemic "Nizahhon yashan;" Dialogues of Pedro Alfonsi, and polemic against Christianity by Ibn Hazm etc.
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Research paper (ca. 15 pages)
One short paper based on a primary source
Regular responses to readings
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This course counts toward the Certificate in Jewish and Israel Studies, the Medieval Studies Major; history and religion concentration for the History major.
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