This course examines the major religious traditions that developed in the Middle East (Judaism, Christianity, Islam and Zoroastrianism) from their origins through their rise and development into the modern period, including their current roles in the region. The course familiarizes students with the beliefs, practices, institutions and historical significance of these traditions. Attention is paid to sacred scriptures; historical developments; political, cultural and social impacts of the religious traditions on the region and the world; relations between the traditions; and the influence of these traditions upon issues and movements in the contemporary Middle East.
RS 175 - Religions of the Middle East
Credit Hours: 3