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RELI S2308D Buddhism: East Asian. 4 points.

Lecture and discussion. An introductory survey that studies East Asian Buddhism as an integral , living religious tradition. Emphasis on the reading of original treatises and historiographies in translation, while historical events are discussed in terms of their relevance to contemporary problems confronted by Buddhism. Global Core.

Summer 2018: RELI S2308D
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
RELI 2308 001/60031 M T W Th 9:00am - 10:35am
516 Hamilton Hall
Michael Como 4 33/50

RELI S4322D Exploring Sharia: Islamic Law. 4 points.

The platform of every modern Islamist political party calls for the implementation of the sharia. This term is invariably (and incorrectly) interpreted as an unchanging legal code dating back to 7th century Arabia. In reality, Islamic law is an organic and constantly evolving human project aimed at ascertaining God's will in a given historical and cultural context. This course offers a detailed and nuanced look at the Islamic legal methodology and its evolution over the last 1400 years. The first part of the semester is dedicated to classical Islamic jurisprudence, concentrating on the manner in which jurists used the Qur'an, the Sunna (the model of the Prophet), and rationality to articulate a coherent legal system. The second part of the course focuses on those areas of the law that engender passionate debate and controversy in the contemporary world. Specifically, we examine the discourse surrounding Islamic family (medical ethics, marriage, divorce, women's rights) and criminal (capital punishment, apostasy, suicide/martyrdom) law. The course concludes by discussing the legal implications of Muslims living as minorities in non-Islamic countries and the effects of modernity on the foundations of Islamic jurisprudence.

Summer 2018: RELI S4322D
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
RELI 4322 001/68091 M W 1:00pm - 4:10pm
201 80 Claremont
Najam Haider 4 2/16

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