11 - Lesson 11: History of Christianity in Europe and the...

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Lesson 11: History of Christianity in Europe and the Rise of Islam in Arabia Objectives Since we shall be focusing on both Christianity and Islam this lesson, I have broken down the objectives into two sections, one on each tradition. Christianity By the end of this lesson you will be able to explain what is Monasticism recognize the relationship between the organization of the Church and the Roman administrative culture after 4th century know why the year 1054 is important in the history of Christianity learn why Rome and Constantinople are important centers of Christian worship be able to explain what historians may mean when they refer to the Protestant Reformation know what is the Catholic Reformation Islam By the end of this lesson you will identify the region associated with the birthplace of Islam on a world map be able to explain what is the Shahda, and what does it proclaim about Muhammad’s role in Islam learn social and political situation in pre-Islamic Arabia know the meaning of the word Islam recognize the importance of the Ummah in the religious life of a Muslim Readings Readings for this lesson are based on World Religions Today . By John Esposito, Darell J. Fashing, and Todd Lewis. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 2002. (Chapter 4) and Islam: A Very Short Introduction . By Malise Ruthven. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 1997. (Chapters 2 and 3). Additional resources cited at the end of each of the two virtual lecture texts. Overview Lectures in this set of lessons will address two different topics. First, we will discuss the different aspects of Christian worship and how the history of the Church as the organizational instrument of Christianity may have played a role in the history of the
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religion. We shall end our discussion of Christianity with the Protestant Reformation and its aftermath, concluding with a reference to the seventeenth and eighteenth century European Enlightenment. As the modern study of religions within a secular academic context is very much a product of the Enlightenment attitude, this discussion will take
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