Introduces students to the anthropological study of religion, focusing on the lived experience of religion in a variety of historical, social, and cultural contexts. Examines religious symbols, ritual, possession, magic, and the relationship between religion and modernity. Cross-cultural investigation of diverse religious phenomena through ethnographic case studies, such as witchcraft in Sudan, voodoo in Brooklyn, and women’s participation in the mosque movement in Egypt. Students will use concepts learned in class to design and carry out an independent research project on a relevant topic of their choosing.
Introductory and Review Reviews
- World Mythology (Crash Course Series)
- Religion and Society
- Animation: The Spread of “World Religions”
- What is Myth?
- Anselm and the Argument for God
- Aquinas and the Cosmological Arguments
- Divine Command Theory
- Max Weber and Modernity
- What is God Like?
- The Problem of Evil
- Perspectives on Death
- Symbols, Values, and Norms
- Freedom of Religion
- Creation Stories
- Different Versions of the Apocalypse
- The Anthropology of Religion