Primary attention is given to Afro-Protestantism in the United States; however, throughout the course attention is directed to religious diversity and varying religious traditions/practices in different diasporic locales. Are monsters members of the community? With this in mind, we will not be attempting to identify what religion is, so much as the ways in which historical actors understood themselves to be religious. Thematic exploration of Daoist beliefs and practices gives attention to political and individualist philosophies, visionary journeys, spirits and deities, immorality practices, celestial bureaucracy, ritual, and theatre. for Military Veterans, Post-9/11 GI BillÂ® and the Yellow Ribbon Program, Veterans Request Apart from impacting practices that we generally term âreligious,â loss and living with losses also reveal what may have been our individual and collective âreligionâ lost and what may emerge as the âreligionsâ we hew to newly or nonetheless. Â Â x100-199: Theory (RELI UN3199) Our rigorous programs meet students where they are and take them where they want to go - on their terms and throughout their lives. RELIÂ GU4535Â Buddhist Contemplative Sciences. 3 points. Study of the development of the Japanese religious tradition in the premodern period. Additional readings will give supplementary perspectives, raising questions that include the production history of the Book of Psalms, comparative mythology, the liturgical and ritual use of psalms historically, and mystical readings of the Book of Psalms. How do religions use food and sex as tools for determining one's ritual purity (i.e., moral worth)? This course will examine recent analyses of the impact of assistance programs on the social and cultural conditions in the developing world. 4 points. 4 points. Majors and concentrators in religion gain both a foundation in the study of religious traditions in historical contexts and zones of inquiry, all grounded in theoretical and methodological debates that shape academic and public discussions about religion. Aid, Institutional Analysis of the writings of the Persian mystics, Attar and Rumi. We will discuss Eastern and Western developments in Christian liturgical practice, doctrinal articulation, spiritual writing and social reform as they were advanced by monks from Late Antiquity to the high Middle Ages. What is Islam: a religion or a cultural formation, a discursive tradition or a way of life? Abroad, Academic RELIÂ UN3575Â Evangelicalism: Sex, Media, and Religion in America. 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. 3 points. The Institute for Research in African-American Studies was established at Columbia in 1993, expanding the University’s commitment to this field of study. This course will examine the state of the question, look at claims made on both sides, and discuss whether or not there is a convergence between Buddhist discourse about the mind and scientific discourse about the brain. Sources and historical development of Jewish holidays. and Certificate Programs, Applying to Medical With the Dalai Lama's marked interest in recent advances in neuroscience, the question of the compatibility between Buddhist psychology and neuroscience has been raised in a number of conferences and studies. This is a seminar for advanced undergraduate and graduate students who wish to gain an understanding of the richness of Sufism (Islamic mysticism). Â. RELIÂ GU4516Â The Politics of Freud in the Postcolony. As the volume rises, silence becomes either a tactic for repression or a means of resistance. Refunds, The Core The names these groups use to describe themselves, as well as the varying religious practices, attitudes, and beliefs among these populations are far more numerous and complex. This course examines the major issues and themes of critical monster studies. has been considerable. Examination of different currents in early Christianity. Survey of religious life in New York City, from the English conquest of 1684 through changes to the immigration laws in 1965. 3 points. By reading a small cluster of Western theoretical works on ghosts together with recent discussions of the role of ghosts in China, Japan, Vietnam and Korea, this seminar will explore the ways that ghosts continue to haunt and inhabit a variety of conceptual and religious landscapes across East Asia. What are some of the major debates in contemporary American Muslim thought regarding violence, gender, race and economic justice? They provide broad and alternative frames that aim to identify problems, chart trajectories cutting across different field specialties, and set parameters for theoretical and methodological questions. Attention given to Theravada, Mahayana, and Tantric Buddhism in India, as well as selected non-Indian forms. Â Â x300-399: Transmission (zone) We will analyze their theories and their literary evidence while applying their models to the critical reading of the text. to the early 4th century C.E. Secularizing processes will be analyzed in relation to imperial histories in Africa. What are the connections between secularism and what is typically called non-organized religion or the spiritual in the United States? The purpose of this seminar is to study the interactions between two major intellectual trends in Jewish History, the philosophical and the mystical ones. Issues involved in the study of Daoism, such as the problematic distinction between "elite" and "folk" traditions, and the interactions between Daoism and Buddhism. Explores the role that mountains have played in Japanese cosmology, particularly in religion and folklore. Attention will be devoted to an exploration of comparative interpretations of God or the divine in the western philosophical and theological traditions and Zen Buddhism as well as the interrelation of interpretations of God, self, and world. Experiential learning as opposed to text learning will be emphasized. We will read ancient and modern classics on hermeneutics, by Schleiermacher, Gadamer, Heidegger, Barthes, and Ricouer; Indian and Tibetan works on their systems of interpretation, at least as sophisticated as anything from Europe; and contemporary works on how digital technology brings us into a world of new meaning for everything, including Buddhist yoga. 4 points. While not yet fully recognized as a literary or philosophical genre, science fiction, through the âdislocationâ it operates, raises (or amplifies) questions that have long been the preserve of religion, metaphysics, or philosophy, and it has brought some of these questions into the realm of popular culture. It will include comparative material from other societies and periods. We will first consider the particular social and political contexts in which museums and museum practices developed and responded to sacred things, and the contexts in which âreligionâ serves as a valuable if often implicit classification structure. What is the relation between a writer's life and work? Asking the question: how Mormonism has transformed itself from essentially an outlaw religion in the nineteenth century to the embodiment of American ideals? And we will wonder about God and gods. Financial Aid, Applying for 4.00 points. 3 points. This subjectÂ has often been organized around the assumption that a continuous tradition of an Iranian nationalÂ religious heritage can be identified and traced through from ancient, Zoroastrian to medieval IslamicÂ traditions, and then ultimately to contemporary Shiâite and minority Zoroastrian and Bahaâi traditions.Â This perspective has presumed that such a legacy has been constitutive and determinative for IraniansâÂ sense of national identity and for their core religious word-view. Finally, in the third section, we will focus on the idealization of region or nation as a sacred space, and examines the manner in which narratives are invoked to formulate identities and to negotiate conflicts and differentials of power. 3. The African-American studies curriculum explores the historical, cultural, social, and intellectual contours of the development of people of African descent.