This course is a survey of the major religious traditions in the world today. Emphasis in class will be on
understanding the worldview and values of each tradition, as well as the experience of those within the
tradition. In addition, since virtually all traditions have in recent decades (as well as in history) migrated
beyond their birthplace, we will use our times in Atlantic basin ports as the opportunity to appreciate
and understand the globalization of religious life in the 21st century.
Field WorkCountry: Morocco
Day: 1 - Casablanca - Thursday, 3 October
The study of religion stands on the two legs of “text” (which we will study in class) and “context” (which we’ll see and experience in the field). This lab provides a unique opportunity to see how the two legs complement each other and how the past, as recorded in texts, lives on in the present. We will visit sites associated with each of the three Abrahamic religions: The Hassan II Mosque, the Cathedrale Sacre-Coeur, and the Museum of Moroccan Judaism. This will be an opportunity to study the architecture and worship space of these three faiths as well as the history of how they have interacted in Northern Africa. We will aspire to engage informed participants in each tradition at the respective sites. Students will be provided with one or more questions to address in their field lab reports, which should be 3-5 pages (750-1250 words) in length. Academic Objectives: 1. Compare art and architecture of multiple religious traditions. 2. Observe multiple religious traditions “in the field.” 3. Observe the similarities and differences between the three Abrahamic traditions.