Comparative Religion (field lab in Kusadasi)

Discipline: Religion General
Instructor: Barre
Credits: 3
Day: C
Start: 1355
End: 1510
Field Work: Day 2 - Kusadasi - Friday, 12 July | Turkey Download Syllabus

This course is an introduction to the comparative study of religion, focusing on the three major Abrahamic traditions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.  Special attention will be devoted to the historical development of each tradition within and around the Mediterranean, but we will also spend time discussing basic doctrines and dominant practices. Comparative by design, this course encourages students to understand and appreciate the common lineages of these traditions, as well as their radical divergences. 

Field Work

Country: Turkey
Day: 2 - Kusadasi - Friday, 12 July

During this field lab, students will explore the history and religious traditions of Turkey through visits to multi-religious holy sites like the Basilica of St. John, Isabey Mosque and Mary’s House. Mary’s House is a shrine near Ephesus where both Catholic and Muslim pilgrims visit. In the morning, the group will explore the archeological ruins at Ephesus, a city that dates back to Greek and Roman times, and were an important center of early Christianity. Academic Objectives: After this Field Lab, students will have: 1. Reinforced their understanding of the history of early Christendom, and the prominence of Constantinople therein. 2. A better understanding of the Eastern Orthodox tradition of Christianity and how it differs from the Catholic and Protestant forms more common in the United States. 3. Reinforced their understanding of the history of early Islam and its expansion into Byzantium. 4. Gained more information about the often tense interactions between Jews, Christians, and Muslims in this part of the world. 5. A better understanding of the basic features of churches, synagogues, and mosques. 6. Experienced the daily prayers of worshipers in a Muslim-majority state.