Fall 2011 Course Guide Tufts University

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A Message from the Outgoing Chair of the Department. For 2011 12 the Religion Department is delighted,to be able to offer an exciting and diverse range. of courses In addition to courses and instructors,that will be familiar from years past you will. also find an offering from the newest member,of our department Professor Brian Hatcher. who is an expert in Hinduism Professor Hatcher,joined us last Fall 2010 and will be taking over. as the Chair of the Department in the Fall of,2011 We hope you will take a minute to stop.
by and meet him And think about taking his,course this Fall which explores the interplay. between text and practice in Asian religious traditions We are delighted to. welcome him to the department We feature in this edition of the course. booklet two images taken during Professor Hatcher s research work in India. Kevin Dunn Associate Professor, Cover Hanuman Street Shrine Swinhoe by Brian Hatcher. Back Sani Gol Park by Brian Hatcher,FA L L 2 0 1 1 C O U R S E S. REL 01 Introduction to Religion,David O Leary 10 M 6 30 9 00 PM. REL 10 17 Re Imagining God,Elizabeth Lemons F TR 12 00 1 15 PM.
REL 21 Introduction to the Hebrew Bible,Peggy Hutaff F TR 12 00 1 15 PM. REL 35 Introduction to Christianity,Heather Curtis E MW 10 30 11 45 AM. REL 42 Religion American Politics 1600 Present,Heather Curtis G MW 1 30 2 45 PM. REL 43 Asian Religions,Brian Hatcher J TR 3 00 4 15 PM. REL 48 Introduction to Islam,Alnoor Dhanani L TR 4 30 5 45 PM.
REL 99 Theory Method in the Study of Religion,Elizabeth Lemons D TR 10 30 11 45 AM. REL 154 Muhammad the Qur an,Ken Garden K MW 4 30 5 45 PM CANCELLED. REL 156 Catholicism in Crisis,David O Leary 11 T 6 30 9 00 PM. REL 191 Independent Study,REL 192 26 Wars Mysticisms in the Modern Era. Rosemary Hicks 10 M 6 00 9 00 PM,REL 199 Senior Honors Thesis.
Courses Co Listed with Religion,REL 04 Art Ritual Culture C LST FAH 01. REL 10 18 Technology Jewish Oral Tradition C LST JS 94. REL 15 115 Japanese Architecture C LST FAH 15 115,REL 23 123 Early Islamic Art C LST FAH 21 121. REL 68 Martin Luther The Man the Era C LST GERM 68 HIST 116. REL 73 Aspects of Sephardic Tradition C LST JS 73,REL 84 Sources of Jewish Tradition C LST JS 84. REL 120 Armenian Art Architecture Politics C LST FAH 120. REL 132 Book of Genesis C LST JS 132,REL 134 Myth Ritual and Symbol C LST ANTH 132. REL 143 Sociology of Religion C LST SOC 143, REL 157 Theories of Spiritual Development C LST 157.
R E L I G I O N FAC U L T Y, Brian Hatcher Department Chair Professor Packard Chair of Theology. Eaton Hall Room 312 brian hatcher tufts edu,Hinduism and Religion in modern South Asia. Heather Curtis Assistant Professor,Eaton Hall Room 316A heather curtis tufts edu. History of Christianity American Religions, Kenneth Garden Assistant Professor on leave Fall 2011. Eaton Hall Room 313 ken garden tufts edu,Islam Islamic Revival Sufism.
Joseph Walser Associate Professor on leave Fall 2011. Eaton Hall Room 314 joseph walser tufts edu, Mah y na Buddhism Hinduism Jainism Religion in early South Asia Chinese Religions. Anthropology of Religion Philosophy of Religion Sociology of Religious Philosophy. Alnoor Dhanani Lecturer,Eaton Hall Room 313 alnoor dhanani tufts edu. Islamic Intellectual History,Peggy Hutaff Senior Lecturer. Eaton Hall Room 316B peggy hutaff tufts edu,Christian Studies. Elizabeth Lemons Senior Lecturer,Eaton Hall Room 316B elizabeth lemons tufts edu.
Religion and Culture,Rosemary Hicks Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow. Center for the Humanities at Tufts rosemary hicks tufts edu. Islam in the United States,Reverend David O Leary Senior Lecturer Chaplaincy. Goddard Chapel david oleary tufts edu, Catholicism International Relations Religions Medical Theological Ethics World. Religions Inter faith and Inter religious Dialogue. REQUIREMENTS,The Religion Major,Ten courses distributed as follows. Foundation Requirement, After taking two courses in the department students must take REL 99 Theory.
and Method in the Study of Religion,Diversity Requirement four courses. Students should have exposure to at least four different religions traditions. through classes in which four different traditions are taught or through four. courses each focused on a different religious tradition or through some. combination thereof,Depth Requirement three courses. Students must choose a religious tradition the traditions of a geographical. region or a religious textual tradition and take at least three classes in that. specialty One of the three courses must be in the doctrinal theological or. philosophical aspects of religion and two must be 100 level courses. Two Additional Courses, The two courses can be listed or cross listed within the department. The Religion Minor,Five courses distributed as follows. Foundation Requirement, After taking two courses in the department students must take REL 99 Theory.
and Method in the Study of Religion,Diversity Requirement three courses. Students should have exposure to at least three different religions traditions. through classes in which three different traditions are taught or through three. courses each focused on a different religious tradition or through some. combination thereof,Upper division Requirement, One other course at the 100 level that does not count for any of the above. requirements,COURSE DESCRIPTIONS,REL 01 Introduction to Religion. David O Leary 10 M 6 30 9 00 PM,An introduction to the field of religion to. give students an understanding of the,basic elements of the subject the major.
characteristics the form and expressions,and the contributions of man s personal. and social orientation Also brief over,views of five of the worlds spiritual faith. traditions Hinduism Buddhism Judaism,Christianity and Islam This course meets. the Humanities distribution requirement,REL 10 17 Re Imagining God. Elizabeth Lemons F TR 12 00 1 15 PM,An introduction to contemporary Christian.
thought and its criticism the course will,focus on religious thinkers responses. to a range of intellectual political and,cultural challenges to traditional beliefs By. focusing on questions raised by oppression,secularization and environmental issues. the course will explore how post WW II,Christian thinkers and their critics have. re imagined the meaning of God In,particular we will consider contemporary.
ideas about God s power agency and about,God s relationship to humanity and nature. REL 21 Introduction to the Hebrew Bible,Peggy Hutaff F TR 12 00 1 15 PM. We will study the Hebrew Bible to become,familiar with the works of its individual authors. and to gain an understanding of the historical,circumstances in which they wrote as well as. to survey the historical development of ancient, Israel s religious beliefs and institutions Topics.
will include the life of Moses the production,of Israel s codes of law the construction of. theological language and imagery the rise of the,monarchy and the temple accounts of creation. psalms and wisdom literature and the lives and,legacies of the Israelite prophets This course. meets the Humanities distribution requirement,and the Judaic Culture culture option. REL 35 Introduction to Christianity,Heather Curtis E MW 10 30 11 45 AM C LST HIST 52.
This course surveys the development of Christianity from the first century to the. present We will study the key figures events and issues that helped shape the. Christian tradition in a variety of cultural social and historical contexts In addition. to exploring the major,ideas institutions and,practices associated. with Christianity we,will pay close attention,to the diverse forms. and expressions that,Christian faith and life,have taken in different. time periods and among,a range of communities,This course meets the. Humanities distribution,requirement,REL 42 Religion American Politics 1600 Present.
Heather Curtis G MW 1 30 2 45 PM C LST HIST 126 AMER 180 02. In God we Trust One Nation Under God God Bless America phrases like. these alert us to the on going influence of religion in American public life This course. explores the role of religion in shaping American civic engagement and political activity. from the 17th century to the,present aiming to put con. temporary events in broader,historical context Key. topics and themes include,the relationship between. church and state in the,colonial period faith and the. founders religion and social,activism in the antebellum.
era especially anti slavery, and women s rights religion race and civil rights religious outsiders and American. politics particularly Mormons Catholics and Muslims spirituality and social protest. in the 20th century pacifism feminism and economic reform the rise of the religious. right religion and American politics post 9 11 and the upcoming presidential election. REL 43 Asian Religions,Brian Hatcher J TR 3 00 4 15 PM. A survey of the living religions of,Asia from a historical point of view. Special attention is given to historical,development the major tenets of faith. and the distinctive ceremonies Religions,studied include Shintoism Confucianism.
Taoism Hinduism and Buddhism This,course meets the Humanities and World. Civilization distribution requirements,and can be counted ONLY as one or. the other It also meets the East Asian,Culture and Diasporas and South and. Southeast Asian Culture culture options,REL 48 Introduction to Islam. Alnoor Dhanani L TR 4 30 5 45 PM, Islam in its many facets Pre Islamic Arabia the Prophet the Qur an the prophetic.
traditions tradition and customs law theology major denominations philosophy and. mysticism This course meets the Humanities and World Civilization distribution require. ments and can be counted ONLY as one or the other It also meets the Middle Eastern. Culture culture option,REL 99 Theory and Method in the Study of Religion. Elizabeth Lemons D TR 10 30 11 30 AM, The seminar aims to enhance students capacity to analyze and discuss theoretical and. methodological issues in the academic study of religion We will explore selected impor. tant modern texts that raise enduring questions about such issues as the nature of. religious phenomena their purpose in societies and their comparability across cultures. In addition we will consider recent work by scholars of religion that critiques earlier. perspectives and or raises new issues Discussion of three case studies will facilitate. analysis of the benefits and liabilities of various methodological and theoretical perspec. tives Through analysis of significant approaches and issues students will develop an. understanding of their own presuppositions and perspectives in relation to the field of. religious studies This course meets the Humanities distribution requirement. Prerequisites Two Religion courses or permission of instructor Required course for. Religion majors and minors,REL 154 Muhammad and the Qur an. Ken Garden K MW 4 30 5 45 PM CANCELLED, This advanced seminar will explore the full range of Islamic scripture and sacred litera. ture It will survey the Qur an and Hadith but also the Tales of the Prophets genre and. the Biography of the Prophet sira,The objective is an understanding of.
these genres individually as well as in,their interaction in constituting Islamic. Students may not enroll in this class,if they have previously received credit. for REL 10 15,REL 156 Catholicism in Crisis,David O Leary 11 T 6 30 9 00 PM. A survey of major issues of crisis in the Catholic Church today including sexual. abuse scandals women s ordination the authority of bishops versus the authority of. theologians and homosexuality in the priesthood This course meets the Humanities. distribution requirement,Prerequisites REL 01 and either REL 56 or REL 111. REL 191 Independent Study,Register in Eaton 302,Prerequisite Permission of instructor.
REL 192 26 Wars and Mysticisms,in the Modern Era,Rosemary Hicks 10 M 6 00 9 00 PM. What is Mysticism And what has it to,do with War Or Peace Or anything else. for that matter Is mysticism a mental,activity a physical practice or something in. between Do such classic icons as Meister, Eckhart Al Ghazali and Teresa of Avila have anything to do with each other If so. why If not why have so many thinkers grouped them together for so long In this. course we will not attempt to define mysticism or identify who is or is not was or. was not a mystic Rather we ll explore modern discussions about the nature of. mysticism and the social cultural and political circumstances in which such modern. ideas made sense In so doing we will seek,to understand how Jean Paul Sartre could.
equate mysticism with fascism in postwar,France even while in America Huston. Smith and Thomas Merton could connect it,to perpetual peace Whatever mysticism. may be modern debates about it have never,been short on racial gender and political. distinctions Nor as we shall see have,they been far from debates about culture. civilization community and conflict,REL 0199 Senior Honors.
Register in Eaton 302 Please see departmental website for more details. Fall 2011 Course Guide Cover Hanuman Street Shrine Swinhoe by Brian Hatcher Back Sani Gol Park by Brian Hatcher A Message from the Outgoing Chair of the Department For 2011 12 the Religion Department is delighted to be able to offer an exciting and diverse range of courses In addition to courses and instructors that will be familiar from years past you will also find an offering from

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