Course overview

This course gives an overview of the social context, politico—historical forces and individual personalities involved in the development of religion during the late classic, medieval and early modern period. This course is ideal for anyone interested in understanding the emergence of Christianity, Islam, Sikhism and ‘Humanism’ within their wider social contexts. While we will be continuing from where my previous courses left off, previous knowledge is not required.

Course description

This course will begin by looking at the emergence of Christianity and rabbinic Judaism against the backdrop of the Roman-Jewish Wars. We will then look at how Christianity went from a movement of ‘slaves and women’ to become the official religion of the Roman Empire. The rise of Islam will be explored within the context of 6th century Arabia and the wider ‘geo-political’ landscape; we will also examine how the ‘heretical’ Christian and Jewish movements of the previous centuries connect to this emergence. The spread of Islam and the development of the Islamic empire will then be analysed in terms of their connection to and possible conflict with the original movement lead by Muhammad. We will then attempt to give an overview of the major trends of religious thought during the medieval period. This will include looking at the mystical traditions and heretical movements in both Christianity and Islam as well as comparative studies of trends throughout Asia. This will include a study of early Sikhism. The final part of the course will study the roots of

‘modernity’; this will include a view of the ‘long reformation’ (1200-1400’s Europe) and the social-economic roots of the Renaissance and its religious expressions.

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