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Religious Studies

RELI 103: Introduction to the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Literature

Offered Spring semester 2015 (January 7-May 5)

By providing guidance in the historical, geographical, and faith contexts, as well as the literary art involved in the production and crafting of this great literature, the course helps students understand the Hebrew scriptures, which have been a source of enjoyment, inspiration, and spiritual direction for centuries.

Required Textbooks

  • Coogan, A Brief Introduction to the Old Testament: The Hebrew Bible in Its Context, 2nd edition (2011), ISBN 978-0199830114 
  • Coogan (ed.),The New Oxford Annotated Bible with Apocrypha, New Revised Standard Edition, College Edition, 4th edition (2010), ISBN 978-0195289602

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RELI 122: Introduction to Philosophical Approaches to Religion

Offered Spring semester 2015 (January 7-May 5)

This course provides an introduction to philosophical approaches to the study of religion, exploring such topics as religious language and experience, the problem of evil, the relation between religious belief and practice, and issues of religious diversity.

Required Textbooks

  • Peterson, et al., Philosophy of Religion: Selected Readings, 4th edition (2009), ISBN 978-0195393590. (Make sure you purchase the correct edition of this textbook; the selections have changed since previous editions.)
  • Dillard, For the Time Being (1999) ISBN 978-0375703478

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Course Details

  • Instructor: Andrew Aghapour, MA
  • Department: Religious Studies
  • Credit hours: 3
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RELI 180: Introduction to Islamic Civilization

Offered Spring semester 2015 (January 7-May 5)

This course is an introduction to some of the major themes, issues, people, places, sights, and sounds of Islam past and present. Being an introductory course, it presumes no prior knowledge of Islam. This course is intended to highlight the manifold expressions of Islamic piety in diverse historical, cultural, and geographical contexts. Its two broad aims are, first and foremost, to provide basic knowledge of Islamic history, belief and ritual life; and secondarily, to provide knowledge necessary for critically and actively analyzing discussions of Islam in media and contemporary world events.

Required Textbooks

  • Ernst, Following Muhammad: Rethinking Islam in the Contemporary World, Chapel Hill and London: University of North Carolina Press, 2003. ISBN: 978-0807855775
  • Curtis, Muslims in America, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009. ISBN: 978-0195367560

You may purchase the textbooks at Friday Center Books & Gifts in person, online, or by mailing or faxing in the book order form. Refer to the online ordering site for current book prices. Please see Textbooks for textbook purchase dates.

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