HONORS 251 - Honors Humanities Seminar
Section: 003 Politics of Religion and Secularism
Term: FA 2008
Subject: Honors Program (HONORS)
Department: LSA Honors
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Advisory Prerequisites:
Open to Honors students. May be repeated for credit with permission of department.
May be elected twice for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term.
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The seminar adopts a workshop format in order to focus on current debate over the categories of the "religious" and the "secular" and their broad implications for the understanding of politics. Topics include the role of secularism as both a political and a critical standpoint, the challenge posed by understanding fundamentalism, religion as a modern formation, and the accusation that secularism constitutes a religion of the State. Readings draw upon a range of perspectives in Postcolonial Studies, Political Science, History, Anthropology, and Philosophy for how they come to bear on the ways that criticism might more fruitfully engage the study of religion.

Readings from John Locke's Letter Concerning Toleration, Sam Harris' The End of Faith, Rajeev Bhargava's Secularism and Its Critics, Webb Keane's Christian Moderns, and Saba Mahmood's The Politics of Piety. Assignments include a powerpoint presentation, two short-answer exams, and three papers: a 5-page critique, a 7-page analysis, and a 9-page comparison topic.

HONORS 251 - Honors Humanities Seminar
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001 (SEM)
1LSA Hnrs
MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
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002 (SEM)
2LSA Hnrs
TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
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003 (SEM)
3LSA Hnrs
MWF 11:00AM - 12:00PM
Note: This is the Politics of Religion and Secularism with Prof. George Hoffmann.
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