Harvard Divinity School

Witch Hunts: Persecution in Public History and Ethics

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2021

This course treats persecution in America as a site of public history and ethics. Focusing on three historical cases—the Salem Witch trials, the Underground Railroad, and Cold War-era McCarthyism—we will explore how hunts for witches, runaway slaves, and communists (along with their fellow travelers) have shaped American political culture.... Read more about Witch Hunts: Persecution in Public History and Ethics

Modern Women’s Writing and Religion

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2021

This course explores relationships between 19th- and 20th-century women’s movements and religion by considering spiritual and religious practices in fiction, poetry, and essays by writers including Virginia Woolf, Jean Rhys, and Zora Neale Hurston, alongside essays by critics such as Saba Mahmood and theologians such as Katie G. Cannon.

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Religion and Family

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2020

Religion and family are contested concepts that become politicized as they are mobilized and debated in the public sphere. Religion and family are also often depicted as separate forms of social organization. This course explores the ways in which religious and familial concepts, institutions, and relationships intersect to shape the lived experiences of religious participants who create and imbue their relationships with social and sacred significance.... Read more about Religion and Family

Women, Religion, and the Problem of Historical Agency

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2020

This course examines recent scholarship on women in American religious history, focusing particularly on questions of narration, agency and power. We will ask several interrelated questions: How have historians integrated women into narratives of American religious history? Whose stories have they highlighted, and why? How have they conceptualized women as historical agents?... Read more about Women, Religion, and the Problem of Historical Agency

Christian Sex

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2020
Religious groups labelled 'Christian' have long been preoccupied with sex. The effects of their preoccupation can be seen all around us-in contemporary churches, in ethical and political debates, in our languages and cultural symbols. This seminar will consider this preoccupation in three steps.... Read more about Christian Sex

Gender and Ritual in Ancient Egyptian Funerary Practices

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2020

Ancient Egyptian men and women constructed enduring mortuary monuments, compiled funerary texts, and created elaborate myths & intricate rituals to deal with death. This course explores how women feature in ancient Egyptian conceptions of death, salvation, and the afterlife and whether the Egyptians conceived of gendered pathways to the afterlife.... Read more about Gender and Ritual in Ancient Egyptian Funerary Practices

Islam, Bodies, Sexuality: Islam and Islamic Bodies in South and Southeast Asia

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2020
This course introduces students to scholarship on Islam in Southeast Asia. It focuses on the literature on Islamic bodies and sexuality in Southeast Asia, paying particular attention to how Islamic adepts associated the health, growth and regeneration of religion with the cultivation of bodies and sexual practices.... Read more about Islam, Bodies, Sexuality: Islam and Islamic Bodies in South and Southeast Asia

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