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2012-2013 Academic Catalog 
2012-2013 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

REL 111 - Mapping the Realm of Religion

4 credits (Fall and Spring)
This course introduces religious studies through a series of case studies, from a study of Nepalese sacred geography, to Japanese memorial rites, to the interior geographies attested to by Christian mystics. We will also consider cases of contested religious spaces and identities in the Middle East and the United States. Together the examples illustrate how diverse religious ideas and practices can be interpreted as ways that people “map” or bring order, meaning, and purpose to their personal and social lives. In considering these religious mappings, we will also be attentive to the ways students of religion themselves map the religious worlds of other cultures as well as of their own.

Prerequisite: First- or second-year standing.
Instructor: Staff