RELST 3536

RELST 3536

Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2022-2023.

This course is an introduction to the religions of Iran from antiquity to the present. For over three millennia, Iran has been a hotbed and intercultural crossroads of religious activity as a result of its incredible ethnic and religious diversity, its many centuries of imperial rule, and its important geographical location between east and west. In this class, students survey the major religions of Iran, with an emphasis on those that originated there, including Zoroastrianism, Manichaeism, Mandaeism, Yezidism, and Bahaism. We will pay particularly close attention to the history of Zoroastrianism, one of the world's oldest religions, whose adherents today, known as Parsis, reside mostly in India and Iran, and around the world. In addition to these native religions, students will also explore the impact that Iranian politics and culture have had on the presence of foreign religions in Iran, including on Judaism, Christianity, and Shi'ite Islam. Through a combination of lectures, secondary readings, and especially the close reading of primary sources in translation, students will not only gain a broad understanding of these religions, but also of Iranian history.

When Offered Fall.

Breadth Requirement (GHB)
Distribution Category (ALC-AS, HA-AS, HST-AS)
Course Attribute (EC-SAP)

Comments No background in the subject matter is required.

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: NES 3535

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 17747 RELST 3536   LEC 001

    • TR White Hall 106
    • Aug 22 - Dec 5, 2022
    • Mokhtarian, J

  • Instruction Mode: In Person