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Martha G. Newman, Chair BUR 529, Mailcode A3700, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-232-7737

Fall 2005

R S 304 • Judaism, Christianity, & Islam

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
43410 MWF
10:00 AM-11:00 AM
utc 3.122
NEWMAN, M

Course Description

This course explores the principal beliefs and practices of Jews, Christians and Muslims and the development of the religions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. The course will progress thematically. Themes will include: Scripture and Tradition; Ideas about God; Forms of Religious Authority; Ethics; Worship and Ritual: Art, Architecture and Material Culture; Faith and Reason; Religion and Gender; Religion and the Political Order: and Reactions to Modernity. At the same time, the course will provide an introduction to the field of religious studies by exposing students to some of the interdisciplinary methodologies used to understand religion as a central component of human culture. Readings for the course will focus on primary sources, both excerpts from the sacred texts of the three traditions, but also texts that illustrate the interactions between the traditions and the ways in which believers responded to particular social conditions.

Texts

Corrigan, Denny. Eire, Jaffee Jews, CHRISTIANS, MUSLIMS: A COMPARATIVE INTRODUCTION TO MONOTHEISTIC RELIGIONS. (Prentice Hall, 1988) Excerpts from the Bible and the Koran Excerpts from Jewish, Christian, and Islamic spiritual, philosophical, legal, and historical writings [to be determined]

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