Religion and Spirituality

Gender and Ritual in Ancient Egyptian Funerary Practices

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Fall

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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

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Fall

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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

Women, Gender, and the Quest for Social Justice: Cases in Buddhism

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Fall

Offered: 

2020

We will do two things in this course: take in the history, literature, visual imagery, and theoretical pronouncements around the nature of women and gender in Buddhist materials; and cultivate the critical and hermeneutical skills for processing these materials and contributing to a just and woke future.... Read more about Women, Gender, and the Quest for Social Justice: Cases in Buddhism

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

Mothers, Diviners and Prophets: The Religious Lives of Women in the Hebrew Bible and Ancient Israel

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Spring

Offered: 

2020

This course reconstructs the religious lives of Israelite women, examining topics such as goddess worship, female religious experts, and family and household religion using biblical and archaeological evidence. It also considers the influence of gender theory in Biblical Studies, including feminist critique and recent work on kinship and matrilineal descent.... Read more about Mothers, Diviners and Prophets: The Religious Lives of Women in the Hebrew Bible and Ancient Israel

Women, Religion, and the Problem of Historical Agency

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Spring

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? We will read major interpretive works as well as theoretical accounts of gender, social structure, and power. Readings will explore the diversity of religious traditions in America, including Puritanism, Judaism, Mormonism, Catholicism, African-American Christianity, evangelicalism, and Islam. Jointly offered in the Divinity School as HDS 2186

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Sex, Gender, and Sexuality II

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2020

The second of two parts, the course will continue to explore the theoretical articulation of sex, gender, and sexuality in feminist and queer theory, with attention to the role of other differences – racial, ethnic, religious, and differences in physical ability – in contemporary work. Prerequisite: REL 1572 or consent of the instructor.

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Gender and Judaism in Modern America

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Spring

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2020

Both demographic and cultural reproduction pose critical challenges to minority religions, placing pressure on personal decisions, group dynamics, religious practices, and intergroup relations.  This course follows the navigation of these pressures by American Jews, and the explores formations of gender and sexuality that result.  Topics include marriage, dating and family formation, synagogue life and Jewish ritual, as well as social and political movements that have become vehicles of American Jewish identity: civil rights, second-wave feminism, and Zionism.  Readings include works by Riv-Ellen Prell, Lynn Davidman, Joyce Antler and Sarah Imhoff as well as fiction by Philip Roth and Anita Diamant.
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Gender, Religion and Scripture

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Fall

Offered: 

2019

This course is an introduction to the field of feminist biblical studies. We will discuss the intellectual history and institutional development of feminist biblical studies around the globe and explore different methods of analysis such as rhetorical, historical, queer, or intersectional kyriarchal analyses. We also will explore biblical women’s stories such as Eve, Sarah, Hagar Mary of Magdala, or the slave girl Rhoda. Lectures, group meetings, discussions, and presentations seek to foster participatory, collaborative and democratic styles of learning.

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