HIS 381 • RELIGION AND NATIONAL IDENTITY
2:00 PM-5:00 PM
This graduate readings course will examine religion and national identity in a variety of locations and eras. Our goal is to understand how religion and national identity are linked in various parts of the world, regardless of the type of government or religion involved. I understand the temptation to embrace models that reflect your own region, era or discipline of study and neglect others. This course intentionally crosses geographic and religious boundaries as well as eras and disciplines to maximize our exposure to ways of thinking about religion and national identity. We will begin by analyzing key texts on the origins of nationalism and consider a range of texts that examine religion and national identity. Students will write a 20-30 page paper on some aspect of religion and national identity. These papers will be work-shopped during the final two weeks of the semester.