New Course in Religion: World Religions (Section 2)

Discipline: Religion General
Instructor: Hollar
Credits: 3
Day: B
Start: 10:45
End: 12:00
Field Work: Day 1 | South Africa Download Syllabus

This course is a comparative study of the origins, beliefs, and practices of the world’s major religious traditions, including Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, and indigenous religious traditions (with a focus on Africa). In order to complement the voyage itinerary, a particular focus will be the historic and contemporary interaction of religious traditions in the regions surrounding the Atlantic Ocean. Topics will include study of 1) Christian, Jewish, and Muslim relations in the Iberian Peninsula under Muslim rule (710-1031 CE); 2) the interaction between African traditional religions, Islam, and Christianity in Ghana; 3) the place of religion in struggles against apartheid in South Africa and the abuse of human rights in Argentina, 4) the historic syncretic or creole religious traditions, combining African and Christian elements especially in Brazil.

Field Work

Country: South Africa
Day: 1

Students will visit the Cape Town Interfaith Initiative and meet with its leaders. The Initiative will facilitate 1) visits to Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, Jewish, and traditional African religious communities in the area; 2) meetings with some leaders in those communities who could give an introduction to the experience of people from their religious traditions in Cape Town; 3) a presentation by Centre leadership and affiliated religious communities on the basis for interfaith cooperation in the various religious traditions and the place of 'the Charter for Compassion' in that work. "