Jewish Studies and Religion Classes at Columbia. Chairs and members are automatically granted remote access in the fall, with additional scholars assigned on an as-needed basis. Do you believe in vampires? In their research, scholars of religion employ a variety of methods to analyze "texts" ranging from historical documents to objects of visual culture. A historical overview of Jewish belief and practice as these have crystallized and changed over the centuries. We will engage the issue of perspective in, for example, the construction of a conflict between religion and science, religion and modernity, as well as some of the distinctions now current in the media between religion, politics, economics and race.Â And we will wonder about God and gods. Rather, engaging with disciplines and scholarship within and without religious studies, it will contend with religion as a comparative problem between fields and traditions as well as between scholarly and methodological approaches. An examination of critiques of religious belief and practice offered by both religious and non-religious authors, and of some responses to those critiques. Asking the question: how Mormonism has transformed itself from essentially an outlaw religion in the nineteenth century to the embodiment of American ideals? Topics include: interaction between law and narrative; Jewish power to punish; Sanhedrin trial of Jesus; ritualization of execution; prison; torture; martyrdom. RELIÂ GU4998Â Religion and the Indian Wars. What questions do social scientists raise concerning the phenomenology of martyrdom, and how have these questions been addresses with respect to Jewish martyrdom? For the major the following 9 courses are required: To be planned in consultation with the Director of Undergraduate Studies and with a member of the faculty in an area in which the student has a particular interest. Development of the Three Teachings of Confucianism, Taoism, and Buddhism: folk eclecticism; the contemporary situation in Chinese cultural areas. 4 points. 3 points. Over the course of the past three centuries, individualism has become more or less institutionalized in Europe and North America. 4 points. ... Miracles & the Afterlife: An Introduction to Philosophy of Religion (PHIL0202) PM. RELIÂ GU4213Â Islam and the Secular: Rethinking Concepts of Religion in North-Western Africa and the Middle East. This course offers a survey of American religions from the 1500s through the mid-1800s. The course begins with the Reformation and proceeds to consider the critiques of religion during the Enlightenment and the responses to these critiques during the 19th and early 20th century. Students, Medical School 3.00 points. RELIÂ GU4204Â Religions of the Iranian World. RELIÂ UN3260Â Sociology of Religion. Throughout the nineteenth century, these ideas became more than just abstractions. Readings in both primary and secondary sources in English translation. This course explores the political, religious, economic, and social dynamics of religious conversion. 3 points. We live in a world of noise where incessant buzz and endless chatter are used as strategies of distraction deployed for political and economic purposes. Primary attention is given to Afro-Protestantism in the United States; however, throughout the course attention is directed to religious diversity and varying religious traditions/practices in different diasporic locales. History of rabbinic interpretation throughout the ages, distinguishing between Biblical exegesis and Talmudic exegesis with some reference to both Dead Sea Scrolls and early Christian Biblical expositions. Sessions/Campus Visits, Newly Admitted Students, International 2. To better understand such phenomena, this course provides a chronological survey that introduces students to a range of ideas and practices, individuals and institutions, as well as important themes and topics in African American (thus American) religious history. As the School of Professional Studies at Columbia University, we open access to knowledge at the highest levels to move careers, communities and industries forward. This seminar examines how both identities (and/or subjects, agent,s individuals) and "religions" are constructed in recent theoretical discussions about identites and narrative, practice, body, and structure, and related case studies. This course offers a broad introduction to the diversity of American Indian religious systems and their larger functions in communities and in history. In trying to understand the complex ways in which men and manhood are made in Islamic societies we will center our attention on the perceptions of bodily and social differences in Muslimsâ larger articulations of gender and sexuality. During the late 20th and early 21st centuries, the intersection of multiple disruptions has led to the loss of a sense of place. The platform of every modern Islamist political party calls for the implementation of the sharia. 4.00 points. This course will examine the state of the question, look at claims made on both sides, and discuss whether or not there is a convergence between Buddhist discourse about the mind and scientific discourse about the brain. Employees, Postbac Premed About the lives of others? The aim of the course is to understand how Mormons adapt or cast off their religion in the modern city. Together, we explore all of these questions and orient students into the burgeoning field of critical monster studies. Is there a quintessential monster category? Attention given to the thought and practices of Shinto, Buddhism, and Confucianism; the interaction among these religions in Japanse history; the first encounter with Christianity. Questions to be considered include: How does the importance of silence change with time and place? The department also offers courses in religion and modernity, religion and civil rights, Sufi texts, Maimonides, religion in America, religion and … Examination of the relationship between scientific and religious ideas, with particular reference to American culture in the twentieth century. This seminar is open undergraduates and graduate students. Examines the interpretive history of Leviticus 18:3, "...and in their laws you shall not go," a verse that instructs Israel to be different from surrounding peoples. Apart from impacting practices that we generally term âreligious,â loss and living with losses also reveal what may have been our individual and collective âreligionâ lost and what may emerge as the âreligionsâ we hew to newly or nonetheless. Students are required not only to be aware of the tensions and complementarity between them, but to be alert to the nature of claims to either religious purity or mixing and the ways those claims were put forward under specific religio-historical circumstances. A seminar introducing the past, present, and future of law and religion, exploring U.S. and Indian Supreme Court and Beth Din decisions, Moslem Shari'a, Hindu and Buddhist dharma and karma, the influence of advanced technology, civil and criminal liability compared with heterodoxy and heresy, originalism and fundamentalism, and the ethics of compassionate lawyering. We will address these questions by looking at some of the historical trajectories that shape contemporary debates and designations (differences) between spiritual, secular and religious. It affords an excellent introduction to Judaism as a religion and culture. Prerequisites: open to students who have taken one previous course in either Buddhism, Chinese religions, or a history course on China or East Asian. After tackling these theoretical concerns, the remainder of the course will entail a cross genre and thematic engagement with the terrain of black popular culture(s) in which students will be challenged to apply new theoretical resources in order to interpret a wide range of "religious" phenomena. 3 points. Students must sign up for a discussion section on Fridays, 10:10-11:25.Not offered during 2020-21 academic year. This course offer a survy of Shi'ism with a particular focus on the "Twelvers" or "Imamis." The focus is mostly on the Atlantic World. By focusing upon the material context for religious performance-by asking, in other words, how religious traditions are constituted through and by material objects-the course will seek to shed light on a cluster of issues concerning the relationship between art, ritual performance, and transmission. Historical survey highlighting major developments in Chinese religion: includes selections from the "Warring States" classics, developments in popular Daoism, and an overview of the golden age of Chinese Buddhism. We will look at the ways in which popular culture can serve religious functions in contemporary society and examine how faith is represented in popular culture. Calendar, Postbac Premed Investigates relations among religion, gender, and violence in the world today. With the Dalai Lama's marked interest in recent advances in neuroscience, the question of the compatibility between Buddhist psychology and neuroscience has been raised in a number of conferences and studies. RELIÂ GU4220Â Political Theology. How are transgressions identified and handled? Used in 2016 by then presidential candidate, Donald Trump, in reference to his female opponent, Hillary Clinton, the phrase ânasty womanâ has become a badge of honor and a rallying cry for womenâs empowerment. Finally, in the third section, we will focus on the idealization of region or nation as a sacred space, and examines the manner in which narratives are invoked to formulate identities and to negotiate conflicts and differentials of power. Scholarships and Grants, Financial Aid for The structure will allow students to rethink commonly held notions about the evolution of modern Christianity with the texture of historical influence. An exploration of the psychological dimensions of religious awareness and practice that will focus on dream analysis, therapy and personal structure and development. However, the prevailing lenses through which scholars understand settler colonialism, religion, and black and indigenous histories focus overwhelmingly on the dynamics between Europeans and these respective groups. What are the effects of this isolation?Â Â. RELIÂ GU4222Â Heidegger and Derrida. RELIÂ UN2336Â Religion in Black America: An Introduction - Discussion. The focus of this course is to understand the complex relationship of religion to individualism as it has arisen initially in the West and in recent decades also become influential globally, with the aim of appreciating both the power and the limitations of this set of developments. Traces the changing understanding of renunciation from the 1st to the 5th centuries C.E., and the changing languages by which Christians signaled their allegiance to otherworldly ideal despite increasing involvement in the secular realm. We will explore together what we can learn about religions by focusing on place, location, and context. This course acquaints students with both the methods and the materials utilized in the field of religious studies. has been considerable. The inquiry will consider the relationships between time and truth, knowledge, subject/object, transcendence, origin, history, memory, and spirit, as well as approaches to temporal cohesion and rupture. This course examines the major issues and themes of critical monster studies. It draws the attention of students to the field of religious studies as an interdisciplinary and cross-cultural nexus for the study of societies and cultures. An examination of the concepts of religious experience and mysticism and the social practices associated with them, with particular attention to how those concepts and practices have developed. RELIÂ GU4611Â The Lotus Sutra in East Asian Buddhism. Students, University This course focuses on the multiple manifestations of the Islamic vision in the modern world. RELIÂ GU4305Â Secular and Spiritual America. 4 points. This course ponders these questions through a case study by examining the martyrdom of Husayn b. Ali (d. 680), grandson of the Prophet Muhammad and the third Imam in Shi'i Islam. A historical overview of Jewish belief and practice as these have crystallized and changed over the centuries. Prerequisite: basic Hebrew grammar and vocabulary. We will understand Foucaultâs work along with the crucial role he ascribed to Christianity in forming the history of the present. RELIÂ GU4206Â HISTORY, TIME, AND TRADITION. We will compare Philosophy and Kabbalah in light of their understanding of divine representation and in light of their respective Theology and conception of God. Survey of Christianity from its beginnings through the Reformation. 4.00 points. The faculty's research and teaching build upon the shared understandings that religion continues to be a central and influential component of human life, society, and politicsâand that, furthermore, religious transmission and authority are constantly being shaped in dynamic interactions with other religious traditions, societies, and cultures. This course examines the rich world of Talmudic narrative and the way it mediates between conflicting perspectives on a range of topics: life and death; love and sexuality; beauty and superficiality; politics and legal theory; religion and society; community and non-conformity; decision-making and the nature of certainty. What sorts of shifts have occurred at centers of Islamic learning in the modern period? This course develops an understanding of the Qu'ran's form, style, and content through a close reading of comparable religious texts. For the most part queer studies and religious studies have met each other with great suspicion and little interest in the conceptual resources of the respectively other field. The questions raised will help us find parallels with these times of pandemics and put our current times into perspective, but also contextualize and reflect on the nuances of past events and responses. 4.00 points. (Previous title: Juniors Colloquium). RELIÂ GU4355Â The African American Prophetic Political Tradition from David Walker to Barack Obama. Students will examine a series ofÂ interrelated themes that are key to the studies of religion in the Iranian world. It begins with a survey of core Muslim beliefs before shifting to an examination of the impact of colonization and secular modernity on contemporary formulations of Islam. Survey of American religion from the Civil War to the present, with an emphasis on the ways religion has shaped American history, culture, and identity. RELIÂ UN3902Â Guided Reading and Research. While there are no required prerequisites for the course, prior coursework in religious studies, African American studies, and/or popular music is helpful. This class will examine some central aspects of both African and Africana philosophy. The conundrum of Martin Heidegger and the Jews continues. Appointments, Graduate School Who speaks for Islam and Muslims today? RELIÂ UN3321Â Religion and Climate Crisis: India. George Rupp Connections between dramatic climate assaults and religious practices and perspectives, taking Hindu India as an example: glaciers and floods, extreme weather, overpopulation, air and water pollution, deforestation. Students who write a senior thesis may apply for up to 3 points of directed reading with their thesis adviser. The primary adviser of the thesis must be a member of the Religion Department faculty. In addition, we will consider two crossover writers, one Jew in Spain and one in Italy, whose compositions in Castilian and Italian were accepted and integrated into Christian society. 3 points. Historical and contemporary investigation of the concept of "world religions"- its origin, production, and entailments. Study of biblical and Hellenistic foundations for Western mysticism - scriptual visions of God, apocalyptic literature, Graeco-Roman magic, and the merkabah mystical movement in Judaism. RELIÂ GU4202Â Time, Modernity, Death. As we navigate these topics, we will explore answers to the following questions: How areÂ spaces made âsacredâ? RELIÂ GU4515Â Reincarnation and Technology. 3 points. Opportunities, Ongoing In Buddhist teachings, these desires are said to bind us to the cycle of rebirth (saá¹sÄra) and to shape the actions (karma), both mental and corporeal, that constitute our moral engagement with the phenomenal world. 4 points. Programs, Institutional 4 points. Attention given to the thought and practices of Shinto, Buddhism, and Confucianism; the interaction among these religions in Japanse history; the first encounter with Christianity. 3.00 points. Clinical and Research Opportunities, Current This is a seminar for advanced undergraduate and graduate students who wish to gain an understanding of the richness of Sufism (Islamic mysticism). How is one to construct a definition of Islam beyond orientalist legacies? Examines the relationship between Jewish women and religion that is both theirs and not theirs. Readings will be taken chiefly from eighteenth and nineteenth century European thought, including Spinoza, Hume, Mendelssohn, Kant, Schleiermacher, Feuerbach, Marx, Kierkegaard, and Nietzsche. Issues in the study of South Asian Religion, Readings in Tokugawa religious and intellectual history, Topics in Contemporary Religious Identity, The Papacy: Origins to the Sixteenth-Century Reformations, Issues of Gender in Ancient and Medieval Christianity, Material Culture and the Supernatural in East Asia, Religion in Black America: An Introduction, Jewish Perspective on Non-Jews from Antiquity to the Present, Introduction to Classical Rabbinic Literature, Classics fo Judaism: Ethics of the Fathers, Bridges and Boundaries: Inclusion and Exclusion through Interfaith Engagement, Animal Rights: Ethical and Religious Foundations, Interpreting Buddhist Yoga: Hermeneutics East West Quantum, Liberation and Embodiment in Indo-Tibetan Yoga Traditions, History of Christianity: Topics in Pre-Modern Papal History, Religion and International Development: Theory and Practice, Contemporary Mormonism: Mediating Religious Identity in the 21st Century City, Religion and Modern Western Individualism, Genealogy, Pragmatism and the Study of Religion, Revival and Revolution in the Muslim World, Interactions of Buddhism and Daoism in China, Psalms Through the Commentary of the Baal Shem Tov, Reading the Patriarchal and Matriarchal Stories in Genesis, Patriarchal and Rabbinic Authority in Antiquity, The Production of Jewish Difference from Antiquity to the Present, Theories of the Unconscious and Jewish Thought, Science, Nature, and Religion in 20th Century America, Defining Marriage: A History of Marriage in the United States, The African American Prophetic Political Tradition from David Walker to Barack Obama, Exodus and Politics: Religious Narrative as a Source of Revolution, The Science-Religion Encounter in Contemporary Context, Mystical and Dimensions of Islam and Judaism, Migration and Religious Change in Comparative and Historical Perspective. The exploration of different theoretical perspectives will provide alternative interpretations of the interplay of media, technology, and religion that make it possible to chart the trajectory from modernity to postmodernity and beyond. The class will meet twice a week for lectures addressing the history of American and Chinese religions and focused on theoretical questions of imperialism, gender, conversion, and modernization. RELIÂ UN3207Â In the Margins of the Middle Ages: Religious Minorities in the Medieval Latin West. He taught philosophy at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside before joining the philosophy department of the State University of New York-Oswego in 2018. Survey of evangelicalism, "America's folk religion," in all of its various forms, including the holiness movement, fundamentalism, pentecostalism, the charismatic movement, neoevangelicalism, the sanctified tradition, and various ethnic expressions. Our rigorous programs meet students where they are and take them where they want to go - on their terms and throughout their lives. An exploration of alternative theoretical approaches to the study of religion as well as other areas of humanistic inquiry.Â The methods considered include: sociology, anthropology, philosophy, hermeneutics, psychoanalysis, structuralism, genealogy, and deconstruction.Â (Previous title: Juniors Colloquium). 4 points. Admissions, How to In reality, Islamic law is an organic and constantly evolving human project aimed at ascertaining God's will in a given historical and cultural context. To what degree did it shape the language of revolutionary Marxism both in Europe and Africa, as the work of Fanon notably testifies? Topics will be selected, as the sources permit, to illustrate the evolution of Western canon law and its impact both as a structural and as an ideological force, in medieval Christianity and in medieval society in general. Living through a major global pandemic as we are (although arguably, racism and capitalism are also ongoingâalbeit mostly unacknowledgedâglobal pandemics), we are witnessing the losses attributable to Covid-19 precipitating changing practices and rituals of marking losses, mourning, and building community in the present. Primary texts read against the backdrop of various theories of the nature of mysticism, addressing issues such as relationship of mysticism and tradition and the function of gender in descriptions of mystical experiences. Hindu poetry of radical religious participation-bhakti-in translation, both Sanskrit (the Bhagavad Gita) and vernacular. Ranging from auteurs to blockbusters, the course will analyze movies that make use of the sacred and of religious themes, figures or metaphors. 4 points. RELIÂ UN2312Â Religion and Nasty Women. It is designed for the study of the history, literature, theory, and functions of religion, in its various forms, within different societies and cultures. RELIÂ UN3630Â Religion and Black Popular Cultures. Multiple translations of a single text or poet bring to light the choices translators have made. Courses in which a grade of D has been received do not count toward the major or concentration requirements. This course will seek to engage a range of answers to these questions. Approaches topics of civil religion, church-state relations, religious pluralism in the public sphere, and the role of congregations in local communities using sociological theories and methods. Although Protestant notions of textuality and the disjunction of matter and spirit have exerted an enduring influence over much of the study of religion, this seminar will explore the role of material objects in both representing and creating the categories and paradigms through which religion has been understood and performed in pre-modern East Asia. The class will compare historical geographies of ââNorth Westernââ and ââNorth Easternââ Africa by focusing on the Maghreb and West Africa but also on Egypt and Sudan. Do we need more or less silence today? He told his biographer, C. B. Khairmode, that he thoroughly enjoyed himself for the first few months in New York.Compared to his experiences in India, things … While the course does coverÂ material that progresses roughly chronologically from the first millennium BCE to contemporary times, itÂ is not a systematic historical survey. Check the Directory of Classes for the most up-to-date course … An examination of the accounts of and methods for philosophical inquiry set out by Charles Peirce, William James, and John Dewey and by some contemporary representatives of the pragmatist tradition, with a focus on implications for the philosophy of religion. 4 points. Together we will wonder about a variety of core issues in queer studies and religion, such as embodiment, sexuality, gender-variability, coloniality, race appearing as religious identity and religious identity as gendered, as well as the role of catastrophe, utopia, and redemption in our experience of the world. No prior knowledge of South Asian language or religion is required. Eclectic in approach, we will begin by considering how Sufism has been construed and even constructed by scholars, considering how modern notions of the self, religion, and the political have shaped scholarly understandings of what Sufism is. 3 points. RELIÂ UN3206Â Religion in the Archive. The course will proceed thematically by examining experiences of war, dislocation, survival, and diaspora. We will look at examples of how Jews depicted themselves and how Christian and converso thinkers portrayed Jews. The frontier is central to the United Statesâ conception of its history and place in the world. At the same time, African American religious life has been the subject of much scrutiny throughout the history of the United States, serving arguments that advocated abolition, emancipation and full enfranchisement, but also functioning as evidence to justify enslavement and second-class citizenship. You must register for that course before registering for this course. In the second unit we will examine a variety of responses to Heidegger by Jewish thinkers who, in different ways and for different purposes, both profited greatly from his philosophical innovations and levelled profound criticism of his thought and actions. Special attention to ritual and worship, the forms of religious literature, central concepts, religious leadership and institutions, Israel among the nations. This course will consider the relationship between mechanical, electronic, and digital technologies and different forms of twentieth-century capitalism. The University Seminars Digital Archive is available on a dedicated laptop through Columbia’s Rare Book & Manuscript Library, 6th floor, Butler. The first is how does geographic mobility affect immigrant faith, and the second is how does migration influence the development of religion in the sending and receiving countries of migrants or diasporas? Students read primary texts against the backdrop of various theories on the nature of mysticism, addressing issues such as the relationship of mysticism to orthodox religion, madness, art, love, and morality.