From Jerusalem to Ground Zero: Muslim, Jewish, Christian, Sioux, and Hindu Notions of Sacredness|
Spring 2017 not offered
|Certificates: International Relations, Middle Eastern Studies, Muslim Studies|
|Course Cluster: Christianity Studies|
Many Jews, Christians, and Muslims view Jerusalem as a "sacred" place. But what does this mean? How does a place--or an object or person--become sacred, holy, revered? Is Ground Zero sacred? If so, how do we compare the destruction of an office building that makes part of Manhattan sacred and Native American efforts to protect venerated sites from "development" that they describe as "desecration"? When does a stone sculpture become an embodiment of a Hindu deity?
Using examples such as Jewish, Christian, and Muslim views of Jerusalem, Lakota Sioux recognition of revered places and wicasa wakan (medicine men), and Hindu engagements with divine images, this seminar will explore these questions through readings and site visits to a temple, mosque, and church.
This course is made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this seminar do not necessarily reflect those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CGST-MN)(MEST-MN)(MUST-MN)(RELI-MN)(RELI)(SISP-Reli Conc)
Vine Deloria, SACRED LANDS AND RELIGIOUS FREEDOM
Raymond J. DeMallie and Hilda Neihardt, THE SIXTH GRANDFATHER: BLACK ELK'S TEACHINGS GIVEN TO JOHN G. NEIHARDT
Diana L. Eck, DARSAN: SEEING THE DIVINE IMAGE IN INDIA (3rd Edition)
Mircea Eliade, THE SACRED AND THE PROFANE
Motti Inbari, RELIGIOUS ZIONISM AND THE TEMPLE MOUNT DILEMMA-KEY TRENDS
Seth Kunin, GOD'S PLACE IN THE WORLD
Jonathan Z. Smith, TO TAKE PLACE: TOWARD THEORY IN RITUAL
Ann Taves, SPECIAL THINGS AS BUILDING BLOCKS OF RELIGIONS
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Weekly journal entries, three short papers (3 pages), one research paper (10-12 pages)
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