MES 322K • GEOGRAPHY AND RELIGION
2:00 PM-5:00 PM
This course explores the various ideas about the relationships between the natural world and myth, ritual, and environment. The principal focus is on Christianity, Islam, and Judaism and their offshoots and antagonists in the Western world. In this sense, myths can be considered as stories about the wisdom of life, ritual as the formal embodiment of religious beliefs, and environments as "environs" - the spiritual, physical, and cultural world within which we live.
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One paper (16 pages in length) that will treat themes discussed in class.
Each class will treat a relevant subject based on a number of papers devoted to a specific topic, for example - Deserts and Monotheism, the Pilgrimage, Sacred Places, Christianity and Environment, and New Age Responses. In every class, two students will lead discussions based on these readings which will be provided in advance. Course materials (3-4 readings per class) will be duplicated and made available at the beginning of the semester.