HONORS 251 - Honors Humanities Seminar
Section: 002 Politics of Religion and Secularism
Term: WN 2010
Subject: Honors Program (HONORS)
Department: LSA Honors
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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. This seminar adopts a workshop format in order to examine the current debate over the categories of "religious" and "secular" and their broad implications for understanding political responses to religion. Topics include the recent criticisms of secularism, the challenges posed by defining and understanding fundamentalism, considering religion as a modern formation, and the charge 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 politics might fruitfully engage 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.

HONORS 251 - Honors Humanities Seminar
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002 (SEM)
3LSA Hnrs
MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
Note: This section of 251 (002) is Politics of Religion and Secularism."
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ISBN: 0393327655
The end of faith : religion, terror, and the future of reason, Author: Sam Harris., Publisher: W.W. Norton 1st Norton 2005
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 9780195650273
Secularism and its critics, Publisher: Oxford University Press 2007
Other Textbook Editions OK.
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