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Winter Academic Term 2001 Course Guide

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Courses in Religion

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Winter Term, 2001 (January 4 April 26)

Open courses in Religion
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Wolverine Access Subject listing for RELIGION

Winter Term '01 Time Schedule for Religion.


The Studies in Religion Program provides students with a basic knowledge of the history, psychology, philosophy, and anthropology of religion; promotes an understanding of diverse religious traditions; and examines religious questions which arise in all cultures. The concern of the program is not to inculcate a particular doctrine or faith but rather to broaden and deepen a student's knowledge and understanding of religious traditions.


RELIGION 204/AAPTIS 262. Introduction to Islam.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Adam Sabra (asabra@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (4). (HU).

Foriegn Lit

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

See Arabic, Armenian, Persian, Turkish, and Islamic Studies 262.001.

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RELIGION 231/Buddhist Studies 231/Asian Studies 231. Introduction to Tibetan Buddhism.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Donald S Lopez Jr (dlopez@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (4). (HU).

Foriegn Lit

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

See Buddhist Studies 231.001.

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RELIGION 277/HJCS 277/ACABS 277/AAPTIS 277/Judaic Studies 277. The Land of Israel/Palestine through the Ages.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Yaron Eliav (yzeliav@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (4). (HU).

Credits: (4; 3 in the half-term

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

See Hebrew and Jewish Cultural Studies 277.001.

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RELIGION 296/HJCS 296/Judaic Studies 296. Perspectives on the Holocaust.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Elliot K Ginsburg (elgins@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (4). (HU).

R&E Foriegn Lit

Credits: (4; 3 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

See Hebrew and Jewish Cultural Studies 296.001.

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RELIGION 310/AAS 335. Religion in the Afro-American Experience.

Sections 002-007 may be elected to satisfy the Upper-Level Writing Requirement.

Instructor(s): Norman K Miles

Prerequisites & Distribution: AAS 201 recommended. (3). (HU).

Upper-Level Writing

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course will provide students with a general survey of the religious experience of Afro-Americans, concentrating on developments in the religious life of Black people in America. Various religious impulses within the Black community will be studied, including traditional Christianity, Islam, Judaism, cultic Christianity (as expressed in the various Pentecostal movements which have been described as "personality cults" such as those led by Father Divine, Daddy Grace Prophet Jones, and Rev. Oke). A brief survey of the traditional African approach to religion is given in the background for a proper understanding of the ways in which the introduction of Christianity affected African people, followed by a study of the development of religion among Black people in ante-bellum America. The study of Black religion since 1900 will explore the social and political cross-currents which led to the rise of separatist religious groups in the twentieth century. The role of mainline churches and their success or failure in translating the needs and aspirations of the Black community to the larger society will be studied in relation to the civil rights struggle of the 1960s and the development of new social-action oriented religious movements. The course will conclude with an exploration of Black religious moods in contemporary society.

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RELIGION 358/ACABS 321/Hist. 306. Israel Before the Exile (587 BCE): Its History & Religion.

Sections 002-004 satisfy the Upper-Level Writing Requirement.

Instructor(s): Brian B Schmidt (bschmidt@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (4). (HU).

Upper-Level Writing Foriegn Lit

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

See Ancient Civilizations and Biblical Studies 321.001.

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RELIGION 376/WS 376. Women and the Bible.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Astrid Billes Beck (astridb@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (HU).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Women in The Bible are some of the most distinctive and unforgettable characters, esp. those in the book of Judges. Few women can match the leadership of military commander, prophetess, and judge Deborah, or the cunning of Jael, Deborah's co-conspirator against the Canaanite general Sisera. Women in The Bible are colorful, wily, witty, seductive, oriented toward their families, their tribes, and their religion. In this course, we will study some of the most important women in The Bible, beginning with the matriarchs and continuing with some of the major women in the Old Testament; then on to the Apocrypha, where we find such women as Judith and Salome who beguined military leaders and heads of state. We will conclude with the New Testament, the women there who theologically defined Jesus' messiahship, supported him financially, and understood his ministry not as rule and kingly glory, but as one of service. We will also look at Mary, the mother of God, who symbolizes the mother goddess for later ages, and Mary Magdalene, who survives in multiple dimensions. Many of the women in the biblical account were immortalized not only in subsequent literature, but were popularized in art and music. In studying the accounts of the women in The Bible, we will also look at the theoretical background models behind these figures, and their implications for the feminist cultural paradigm. We will also look at biblical women in other contexts, such as art and music. All undergraduates, particularly those with an interest in Women's Studies and/or Religion. 3 hours per week in a lecture/seminar format.

  1. A short, critical paper, approximately five pages, on the early figures in the Bible, or the cultural dynamics and influences of surrounding Sumerian/Ugaritic/Canaanite cultures associated with the early biblical period of Women of the Dawn and Women of Israel's Age (two early divisions of the course). This paper is due in the fifth week of the course. (20 % of the grade)
  2. A class presentation, approximately 15 minutes, incl. background research on a topic of their choice, perhaps one of the women, or a topic like exogamous marriage and its influence on the culture, rape in The Bible, significance of the Song of Songs, the Magnificat in Luke, or even comparative work on biblical women & opera (Samson and Delilah, Salome). (20 % of the grade)
  3. Class participation and discussion. (25% of the grade)
  4. A term paper, 10-12 pages, on a topic pertinent to the course, to include critical analysis and outside sources. Due at the end of the term. (35% of the grade)

Primary readings for the course will be in the biblical text. Further readings will be in background volumes. The following books will be used in the course:

  • THE OXFORD ANNOTATED BIBLE WITH APOCRYPHA, RSV, SECOND EDITION Oxford University Press
  • IN THE WAKE OF THE GODDESSES: WOMEN, CULTURE, AND THE BIBLICAL TRANSFORMATION OF PAGAN MYTH by Tikva Frymer-Kensky
  • FEMINIST APPROACHES TO THE BIBLE by Phillis Trible
  • WARRIOR, DANCER, SEDUCTRESS, QUEEN: WOMEN IN JUDGES AND BIBLICAL ISRAEL by Susan Ackerman
  • TEXTS OF TERROR: LITERARY FEMINIST READINGS OF BIBLICAL NARRATIVES by Phyllis Trible
  • MARY MAGDALENE, THE IMAGE OF A WOMAN THROUGH THE CENTURIES by Ingrid Maisch

The books are available at "Shaman Drum Bookstore" on State Street.

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RELIGION 387. Independent Study.

Prerequisites & Distribution: Concentration in Religion. (1-3). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit. Only one course from Religion 380, 387 and 487 may be elected in the same term.

Credits: (1-3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Designed to accommodate students who are unable to take listed offerings and have special reasons for undertaking directed reading.

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RELIGION 448/Psych. 418. Psychology and Spiritual Development.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Richard D Mann (rdmann@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (Excl).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://www-personal.umich.edu/~rdmann/

See Psychology 418.001.

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RELIGION 455/Soc. 455. Religion and Society.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Terence James McGinn (tjmcginn@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (Excl).

Credits: (3; 2 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: https://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2001/winter/soc/455/001.nsf

See Sociology 455.001.

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RELIGION 467/AAPTIS 467/Hist. 541. Shi'ism: The History of Messianism and the Pursuit of Justice in Islamdom.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Kathryn Babayan (babayan@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Junior standing. (3). (HU).

Foriegn Lit

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

See Arabic, Armenian, Persian, Turkish, and Islamic Studies 467.001.

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RELIGION 471/HJCS 577/Judaic Studies 467. Seminar: Topics in the Study of Judaism.

Section 001 Models of Jewish Renewal.

Instructor(s): Elliot K Ginsburg (elgins@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (Excl). May be repeated for a total of nine credits.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

See Hebrew and Jewish Cultural Studies 577.001.

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RELIGION 471/HJCS 577/Judaic Studies 467. Seminar: Topics in the Study of Judaism.

Section 002 Jewish Life in Late Antiquity.

Instructor(s): Yaron Eliav (yzeliav@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (Excl). May be repeated for a total of nine credits.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

See Hebrew and Jewish Cultural Studies 577.002.

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RELIGION 481/Engl. 401. The English Bible: Its Literary Aspects and Influences, I.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Ralph G Williams (fiesole@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (4). (HU).

Foriegn Lit

Credits: (4; 3 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

See English 401.001.

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RELIGION 487. Independent Study.

Prerequisites & Distribution: Concentration in Religion. (1-3). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit. Only one course from Religion 380, 387 and 487 may be elected in the same term.

Credits: (1-3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Designed to accommodate advanced students who are unable to elect a listed offering and who have special reasons and/or interests in directed readings and research.

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RELIGION 496/AAPTIS 495/WS 471/Hist. 546. Gender and Politics in Early Modern Islam.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Kathryn Babayan (babayan@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Students should preferably have had one course in Islamic Studies. (3). (Excl).

Foriegn Lit

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

See Arabic, Armenian, Persian, Turkish, and Islamic Studies 496.001.

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RELIGION 497. Senior Honors Thesis.

Prerequisites & Distribution: Open only to seniors admitted to the Honors concentration program. (1-6). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for a total of six credits.

Credits: (1-6).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Each student prepares a substantial paper under the direction of a staff member.

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