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Religion

Department Contact:
Meryl Marcus
80 Claremont Avenue, Room 103B
212-851-4124
mm3039@columbia.edu

RELI S2305D Islam. 4 points.

CC/GS/SEAS: Partial Fulfillment of Global Core Requirement

This course is designed as an introduction to the Islamic religion, both in its pre-modern and modern manifestations. The semester begins with a survey of the central elements that unite a diverse community of Muslim peoples from a variety of geographical and cultural backgrounds. This includes a look at the Prophet and the Qur'an and the ways in which both were actualized in the development of ritual, jurisprudence, theology, and sufism/mysticism. The course then shifts to the modern period, examining the impact of colonization and the rise of liberal secularism on the Muslim world. The tension between traditional Sunni and Shi'i systems of authority and movements for "modernization" and/or "reform" feature prominently in these readings. Topics range from intellectual attempts at societal/religious reform (e.g., Islamic Revivalism, Modernism, Progressivism) and political re-interpretations of traditional Islamic motifs (e.g., Third-Worldism and Jihadist discourse) to efforts at accommodating scientific and technological innovations (e.g., evolution, bioethics ). The class ends by examining the efforts of American and European Muslim communities to carve out distinct spheres of identity in the larger global Muslim community ( umma) through expressions of popular culture (e.g. Hip-Hop).

Summer 2017: RELI S2305D
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
RELI 2305 001/18046 M W 1:00pm - 4:10pm
201 80 Claremont
Najam Haider 4 16/20

RELI S2308Q Buddhism: East Asian. 4 points.

Runs From July 3 - August 11

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 2017: RELI S2308Q
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
RELI 2308 001/26796 M T W Th 9:00am - 10:35am
520 Mathematics Building
4 30/30

RELI S2335D Religion in Black America: An Introduction. 3 points.

Undergraduate lecture course introducing students to the study of African American religion. While there are no required prerequisites for the course, prior coursework in religious studies or African American history is helpful. This course progresses as a historical survey and is intended to introduce students to important themes in African American (thus American) religious history (i.e. migration, urbanization, nationalism) through a rich engagement with the religious practices and traditions of black communities. Primary attention is given to Afro-Protestantism in North America; however, throughout the course attention is directed to religious diversity and varying religious traditions/practices in different diasporic locales. While this is a lecture course, students are expected to arrive each week having completed assigned readings and prepared to make informed contributions to class discussions (as class size allows). By the end of the semester students will be expected to possess a working knowledge of major themes/figures/traditions in African American religious life, as well as key questions that have shaped the study thereof.

Summer 2017: RELI S2335D
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
RELI 2335 001/14516 T Th 1:00pm - 4:10pm
201 80 Claremont
Josef Sorett 3 24/25

AFAS S3930Q Topics in the Black Experience:Gospel Music in Modern America. 4 points.

Gospel Music in Modern America This course will track the evolution of religion and music in African American history across the twentieth century to the present day. Beginning with the emergence of the Gospel-Blues during the 1920s, we will explore the ways in cultural aesthetics, religious imaginings and institutional formations have come together to shape the development of black musical forms, sacred and secular alike, across the evolving genres of blues, jazz, r&b, hip hop, neo-soul and more.

Summer 2017: AFAS S3930Q
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
AFAS 3930 001/20543 T Th 1:00pm - 4:10pm
Room TBA
Josef Sorett 4 3

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