Religious Studies (RELST)Arts and Sciences

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RELST 1998

The peoples, cultures, religions, and politics of the Middle East are never far removed from the front pages of the most influential journals and newspapers. This course will engage students in discussing ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: JWST 1998NES 1998

  • 2 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 17551RELST 1998  SEM 101

RELST 2273

This course introduces the academic study of religion. The topics vary from year to year. view course details

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  •   Combined with: ASIAN 2273NES 2273

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • Topic: Sensational Religion

  • 16389RELST 2273  LEC 001

  • Please contact Ayla Cline, akc52@cornell.edu, for a full course description.

RELST 2297

The Crossroads of the World. The Pivot of History. The heart of the Silk Road. For all its grand nicknames and associations, Inner Asia remains a region little-studied in the West. This course endeavors ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: ASIAN 2297HIST 2797

  • 4 Credits Graded

  • 17492RELST 2297  LEC 001

RELST 2299

This course will explore the Buddhist tradition from its origins in ancient India to its migrations throughout Asia and eventually to the West. The first part of the course will deal with Indian Buddhism: ... view course details

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  •   Choose one lecture and one discussion. Combined with: ASIAN 2299

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16036RELST 2299  LEC 001

  • 16273RELST 2299  DIS 201

  • 16274RELST 2299  DIS 202

RELST 2577

Since the 1970s, Jewish women have remade American Judaism by putting their bodies front and center. In the face of a largely male rabbinic elite, they have created new models of ritual, communal leadership, ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: JWST 2577NES 2577

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 17322RELST 2577  SEM 101

RELST 2617

In the early twentieth century, a series of movements arose in the Middle East and South Asia, calling Muslims to return to Islam. Today, leaders and members of such groups –now known as Islamists –insist ... view course details

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  • 16778RELST 2617  LEC 001

RELST 2630

What must (or could) God be like, and what reasons do we have for thinking that a being of that sort actually exists? What difference would (or could) the existence of God make to our lives? Religion & ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: PHIL 2530

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16808RELST 2630  LEC 001

RELST 2640

Brexit, immigration, and the election of Donald Trump have all been recently heralded as signs of an imminent apocalypse. Films and fiction are saturated with images of zombies, environmental catastrophe, ... view course details

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  •   Choose one lecture and one discussion. Combined with: HIST 2630

  • 4 Credits Graded

  • 17079RELST 2640  LEC 001

  • 17080RELST 2640  DIS 201

  • 17081RELST 2640  DIS 202

  • 17082RELST 2640  DIS 203

RELST 2644

Jewish communities have been established, flourished and often struggled for millennia, throughout much of the world, and in vital contact with a vast range of other peoples and cultures. This course examines ... view course details

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  • 17128RELST 2644  LEC 001

RELST 2655

At the beginning of the 7th century, a new religion, Islam, appeared in Arabia and by the end of the century, Muslims had defeated the Byzantines and Persians and created an empire that stretched from ... view course details

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  •   Choose one lecture and one discussion. Combined with: HIST 2530MEDVL 2655NES 2655

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  9049RELST 2655  LEC 001

  •  9050RELST 2655  DIS 201

  • 16600RELST 2655  DIS 202

RELST 2662

This course will survey the common and not-so-common daily activities of the world of ancient Israel, with supplementary material from its neighbors in Mesopotamia, Egypt and Canaan. Many courses cover ... view course details

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  • 16536RELST 2662  LEC 001

RELST 3281

A knowledge of the Bible's images, stories and themes is crucial to understanding not only the art and literature of many cultures, but also ancient and contemporary world politics. It is the world's most ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: ENGL 3280

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16388RELST 3281  SEM 101

RELST 3310

This course will explore a variety of ways people have envisioned and prepared for the afterlife. We will concentrate on how Buddhists and Christians have described supreme states of bliss, have warned ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: ASIAN 3310

  • 4 Credits Graded

  • 16038RELST 3310  LEC 001

RELST 3331

Examines the new cinemas of Southeast Asia and their engagement with contemporary discourses of gender and sexuality. It pays special attention to the ways in which sexuality and gendered embodiment are ... view course details

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  • 16047RELST 3331  LEC 001

RELST 3540

In the age of smartphones and Facebook, the competing claims made on our attention only seem to be multiplying. This course is an opportunity to think about and to enact certain practices of attentiveness ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: FREN 3540

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  9612RELST 3540  SEM 101

  • Conducted in English.

RELST 3677

As the founder of Islam Muhammad is one of the most influential figures in world history. An important source for his life is the Sira of Ibn Ishaq (d. ca. 761), a biography that opens with Muhammad's ... view course details

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  • 16217RELST 3677  SEM 101

RELST 3747

Religious beliefs, practices, and conflicts shape our world and influence global politics.  Yet mediatized depictions of religion can be reductive and polarizing.  Moreover, these depictions may be different ... view course details

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  • 16239RELST 3747  SEM 101

RELST 3795

What place does sin have in contemporary culture, from ethics to aesthetics?  How do we consider sin, as a condition, an act, a choice?  How does a particular community-religious, literary, ethnic-consider ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: SPAN 3795

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 17374RELST 3795  SEM 101

RELST 4100

Reading and translation of Latin philosophical texts. view course details

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  •  7927RELST 4100  SEM 101

    • TBA
    • MacDonald, S

RELST 4557

How and why do landscapes come to inspire the religious imagination? And how do sensory landscapes, more specifically-territories of sight, sound, touch, taste, and smell-inform, inflect, and engage the ... view course details

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  • 16198RELST 4557  SEM 101

RELST 4990

For undergraduates who wish to obtain research experience or do extensive reading on a special topic. Students select a topic in consultation with the faculty member who has agreed to supervise ... view course details

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

RELST 4995

RELST 4995 is the first course in the Honors two-part sequence. The Honors Program is open to Religious Studies majors who have done superior work and who wish to devote a substantial part of their senior ... view course details

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  • 4 Credits Multi-Term

  •  6383RELST 4995  IND 601

    • TBA
    • Staff

  • RELST 4995 is the FIRST course in the Honors two-part sequence. To enroll in Honors, please email akc52@cornell.edu to request a permission number.

RELST 4996

RELST 4996 is the second course in the Honors two-part sequence. The Honors Program is open to Religious Studies majors who have done superior work and who wish to devote a substantial part of their senior ... view course details

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  • 4 Credits Graded

  • 15934RELST 4996  IND 601

    • TBA
    • Staff

  • RELST 4996 is the SECOND course in the Honors two-part sequence. To enroll in Honors, please email akc52@cornell.edu to request a permission number.

RELST 6020

Reading and translation of Latin philosophical texts. view course details

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  •  7930RELST 6020  SEM 101

    • TBA
    • MacDonald, S