Religious Studies | Jews, Christians, Muslims
R152 | 12569 | J. Carr


The above course carries AH, CSA distribution in the College of Arts
and Sciences.

Jews, Christians, Muslims is an introduction to Judaism,
Christianity,and Islam, and it seeks to provide a history of the
development of religious thought and practice in the West.  This
course will focus on these traditions in their American historical
context.  It will offer a brief introduction to the basic tenets of
each tradition. We will ask questions about how these groups form
and understand their own identities and their relationship to the
American nation. How do members of each tradition see themselves as
part of American culture?  How has each group established and
institutionalized itself?  How do they relate to the mainstream and
to minority cultures?  Do they see their own histories as integrated
with or separate from a larger American history?  Our objective is to
understand religion as changing over time, interacting with other
historical and socio-cultural influences, to think about and discuss
religion as a scholar, or in a non-religious way, and to practice
analytical thinking and writing. In addition to reading from the
textbook, primary sources, and academic articles, we will view
several films in class. We will ask questions about the practice and
representation of religion in these films.

Required text:
Corrigan, Denny, Eire, Jaffee. Jews, Christians, Muslims: A
Comparative Introduction to Monotheistic Religions.  Upper Saddle
River: Prentice Hall, 1998.  ISBN 0-02-325092-5.
And several articles posted to E-Reserves must be printed out.