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Unformatted text preview: ANS301M, RS 306, SOC 308 INTRODUCTION TO GLOBAL RELIGIONS Syllabus Spring, 2008 . Instructor: Les Kurtz Office Hours: Fri 1-3pm Burdine 322 Telephone: 232-6316 Email: [email protected] Teaching Assistant: Aun Ali Office Hours: Mon 11-1pm Burdine 5th floor Telephone: 964-2911 Email: [email protected] "Introduction to the Study of Religion" surveys a variety of religious traditions and introduces scholarly methods for the study of religion from an interdisciplinary perspective, although with some sociological bias. It explores the nature of religious beliefs and practices, both historically and in the contemporary context. Of particular interest will be the way in which religious traditions form and change over time as they become increasingly cosmopolitan, and the relationship between those traditions and the current globalization of culture and society. Texts • Mary Pat Fisher, The Living Religions . 7th ed. (Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice-Hall, 2005). • Lester Kurtz, Gods in the Global Village: The World's Religions in Sociological Perspective. 2 nd ed. (Thousand Oaks, Calif.: Pine Forge Press, 2006). • A packet of readings and selections from primary sources available for purchase at Paradigm, 24 th street just west of Guadalupe. Also available on electronic reserve (password: Gandhi). COURSE OUTLINE . I. R ELIGIOUS L IFE IN THE G LOBAL V ILLAGE 1/14 A. Social Scientific Perspectives on Religion Readings * Gods in the Global Village, 1-21 * Randall Collins, "The Sociology of God." Pp. 30- 59 in Sociological Insight, by R. Collins (NY: Oxford, 1982). 1/16 B. Metaphors and Methods Readings • Emile Durkheim, The Elementary Forms of the Religious Life (selection) • Clifford Geertz, "Ethos, World View, and the Analysis of Sacred Symbols" 1/18 C. The Three Pillars Readings • Gods in the Global Village, 21-40. • Somé, Malidoma Patrice. Ritual: Power, Healing and Community. Portland, OR: Swan/Raven, 1993) pp. 93-115. • Rumi, “Moses and the Shepherd,” and “Fasting,” The Essential Rumi, tr. Coleman Barks (Edison, NJ: Castle Books, 1977), 165-168, 69-70. • Abraham Heschel, "The Sabbath" (from Judaism, Ed. by Arthur Hertzberg (NY: Braziller, 1962), 118-19. II. T HE W ORLD ' S R ELIGIONS : A S OCIOLOGICAL T OUR 1/21 A. Types of Religious Traditions Readings • Gods in the Global Village, 41-48 • Living Religions, Ch. 1-2 1/23-28 B. Hinduism and Jainism Readings • Gods in the Global Village, 48-61 • Living Religions, Chs. 3-4, 11 • "Krishna's Epiphany," Bhagavad Gita, XI, (selections) • Shakunthala Jagannathan, Hinduism (Bombay: Vakils, Feffer & Simons, 1984), pp. 63-81. 1 1/30-2/4 C. Buddhism Readings • Gods in the Global Village, 61-70 • Living Religions, Ch. 5 • "To Each Generation the Tathagata Announces His Name and Declares that He Has Entered Nirvana." Saddharmapundarika, XV, 268-72 • Teachings of the Compassionate Buddha, edited by E. A. Burtt. (NY: New American Library Mentor, 1955), pp. 43-47.Mentor, 1955), pp....
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