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Religion

The Religion Department is committed to the rigorous exploration of the growth and development of religious traditions, their historical and contemporary influence in shaping cultures and societies, and their wide-ranging roles in shaping changing global contexts.

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Summer 2022 Session Information

  • SESSION A (First Half Term) courses are May 23–July 1, 2022
  • SESSION B (Second Half Term) courses are July 5–August 12, 2022
  • SESSION X (Full Term) courses are May 23–August 12, 2022
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Religion and the History of Hip Hop
RELI1612W001 4 points.

This is an undergraduate lecture course introducing students to the study of religion through an engagement with the history of hip hop music. More specifically, this course is organized chronologically to narrate a history of religion in the United States (circa 1970 to the present day) by mapping the ways that a variety of religious ideas and practices have animated rap music’s evolution and expansion during this time period. While there are no required prerequisites for the course, prior coursework in religious studies, African American studies, and/or popular music is helpful.

Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
RELI1612W001 001/10106 Session A Mo 01:00 PM–04:10 PM
We 01:00 PM–04:10 PM

Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
Josef Sorett
4 Registration Block
(no Adds)
(self-man. Wait List)
In-Person
Religion and the History of Hip Hop - Discussion
RELI1613W001 0 points.

This is an undergraduate lecture course introducing students to the study of religion through an engagement with the history of hip hop music. More specifically, this course is organized chronologically to narrate a history of religion in the United States (circa 1970 to the present day) by mapping the ways that a variety of religious ideas and practices have animated rap music’s evolution and expansion during this time period. While there are no required prerequisites for the course, prior coursework in religious studies, African American studies, and/or popular music is helpful.

Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
RELI1613W001 001/10107 Session A Mo 01:00 PM–01:50 PM
We 01:00 PM–01:50 PM

Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
Josef Sorett
0 Open for Enrollment
(auto-fill Wait List)
In-Person
Religion and the History of Hip Hop - Discussion
RELI1613W002 0 points.

This is an undergraduate lecture course introducing students to the study of religion through an engagement with the history of hip hop music. More specifically, this course is organized chronologically to narrate a history of religion in the United States (circa 1970 to the present day) by mapping the ways that a variety of religious ideas and practices have animated rap music’s evolution and expansion during this time period. While there are no required prerequisites for the course, prior coursework in religious studies, African American studies, and/or popular music is helpful.

Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
RELI1613W002 002/13345 Session A Mo 01:00 PM–01:50 PM
We 01:00 PM–01:50 PM

Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
Josef Sorett
0 Open for Enrollment
(auto-fill Wait List)
In-Person
Religion and the History of Hip Hop - Discussion
RELI1613W003 0 points.

This is an undergraduate lecture course introducing students to the study of religion through an engagement with the history of hip hop music. More specifically, this course is organized chronologically to narrate a history of religion in the United States (circa 1970 to the present day) by mapping the ways that a variety of religious ideas and practices have animated rap music’s evolution and expansion during this time period. While there are no required prerequisites for the course, prior coursework in religious studies, African American studies, and/or popular music is helpful.

Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
RELI1613W003 003/13346 Session A Mo 01:00 PM–01:50 PM
We 01:00 PM–01:50 PM

Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
Josef Sorett
0 Open for Enrollment
(auto-fill Wait List)
In-Person
ISLAM
RELI2305S001 4 points.

This course is designed as an introduction to the Islamic religion, both in its pre-modern and modern manifestations. The semester begins with a survey of the central elements that unite a diverse community of Muslim peoples from a variety of geographical and cultural backgrounds. This includes a look at the Prophet and the Qur'an and the ways in which both were actualized in the development of ritual, jurisprudence, theology, and sufism/mysticism. The course then shifts to the modern period, examining the impact of colonization and the rise of liberal secularism on the Muslim world. The tension between traditional Sunni and Shi'i systems of authority and movements for 'modernization' and/or 'reform' feature prominently in these readings. Topics range from intellectual attempts at societal/religious reform (e.g. Islamic Revivalism, Modernism, Progressivism) and political re-interpretations of traditional Islamic motifs (e.g. Third-Worldism and Jihadist discourse) to efforts at accommodating scientific and technological innovations (e.g. evolution, bioethics ). The class ends by examining the efforts of American and European Muslim communities to carve out distinct spheres of identity in the larger global Muslim community ( umma) through expressions of popular culture (e.g. Hip-Hop).

Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
RELI2305S001 001/10105 Session B Mo 01:00 PM–05:00 PM
We 01:00 PM–05:00 PM

Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
Najam Haider
4 Open for Enrollment
(auto-fill Wait List)
In-Person
ISLAM
RELI2305S002 4 points.

This course is designed as an introduction to the Islamic religion, both in its pre-modern and modern manifestations. The semester begins with a survey of the central elements that unite a diverse community of Muslim peoples from a variety of geographical and cultural backgrounds. This includes a look at the Prophet and the Qur'an and the ways in which both were actualized in the development of ritual, jurisprudence, theology, and sufism/mysticism. The course then shifts to the modern period, examining the impact of colonization and the rise of liberal secularism on the Muslim world. The tension between traditional Sunni and Shi'i systems of authority and movements for 'modernization' and/or 'reform' feature prominently in these readings. Topics range from intellectual attempts at societal/religious reform (e.g. Islamic Revivalism, Modernism, Progressivism) and political re-interpretations of traditional Islamic motifs (e.g. Third-Worldism and Jihadist discourse) to efforts at accommodating scientific and technological innovations (e.g. evolution, bioethics ). The class ends by examining the efforts of American and European Muslim communities to carve out distinct spheres of identity in the larger global Muslim community ( umma) through expressions of popular culture (e.g. Hip-Hop).

Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
RELI2305S002 002/11847 Session A Mo 01:00 PM–05:00 PM
We 01:00 PM–05:00 PM

Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
Najam Haider
4 Open for Enrollment
(auto-fill Wait List)
In-Person