Religious Studies (RELST)Arts and Sciences

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RELST 2204

This course is designed for students who are interested in reading the language of the Qur'an with accuracy and understanding. The first week (4 classes) will be devoted to an introduction of the history ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: ASRC 2204NES 2204

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7569RELST 2204  SEM 101

RELST 2250

This course will explore religious traditions in South Asia (Pakistan, India, and Sri Lanka) and East Asia (China, Japan, and Korea) including Hinduism, Buddhism (South Asian and East Asian), Sikhism, ... view course details

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  •   Choose one lecture and one discussion. Combined with: ASIAN 2250

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  6683RELST 2250  LEC 001

  •  6684RELST 2250  DIS 201

  •  6685RELST 2250  DIS 202

  •  6686RELST 2250  DIS 203

  •  7385RELST 2250  DIS 204

RELST 2255

Asia, in its territorial expanse, hosts believers of all religions, from Hinduism to Judaism, from Islam to Shinto, Christianity, Buddhism and more. In this course you will be exposed to the varied landscape ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: ASIAN 2255

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16601RELST 2255  LEC 001

RELST 2277

This course probes the truths behind traditional claims of the priority of internal practice in Indian traditions. We will examine both practices themselves - techniques of meditation and contemplation ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: ASIAN 2277

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16604RELST 2277  LEC 001

RELST 2575

This course will survey the cultic practices and beliefs of ancient Babylonia and Assyria, the two major civilizations of Mesopotamia. We will examine the major myths of this region, e.g., Ishtar's Descent ... view course details

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  •  7369RELST 2575  LEC 001

RELST 2630

In this course we will examine some of the major arguments regarding the existence and nature of a supreme being - ontological, cosmological, teleological, Pascalian, and moral arguments. We will also ... view course details

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  •   Choose one lecture and one discussion. Combined with: PHIL 2530

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16636RELST 2630  LEC 001

  • 16637RELST 2630  DIS 201

  • 16638RELST 2630  DIS 202

RELST 2644

In this course, students will survey the development of Judaism from its roots in ancient Mesopotamia to modernity. Rather than thinking of Judaism as static and easily definable, we will explore a history ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: JWST 2644NES 2644

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 17093RELST 2644  LEC 001

RELST 3311

What role does Islam take in the politics, history, arts and rituals of Southeast Asia? Structured as a seminar, this course takes you on a journey through Southeast Asia, home to almost a quarter of the ... view course details

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  •  8243RELST 3311  SEM 101

  • Prerequisite: One course in the humanities.

RELST 3416

This course explores the Zen's central religious, historical and aesthetic developments. We read primary sources in translation and secondary sources. We examine the rise of the Ch'an tradition in China ... view course details

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  • 16660RELST 3416  LEC 001

  • This class is now closed. To be put on a wait-list please contact the instructor at jml16@cornell.edu.

RELST 3537

This course examines the history of Zionism as an idea and as a political movement in all its various forms, currents, and transformations from its origins in mid-nineteenth century Europe to the present. ... view course details

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  • 17006RELST 3537  LEC 001

RELST 3667

Unlike Moses or Jesus, Muhammad is said to have been born in the full light of history. The earliest extant biography of the Prophet, the Life of Muhammad by Ibn Hisham (d. 833), contains a full account ... view course details

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  • 17053RELST 3667  SEM 101

RELST 4100

Reading and translation of Latin philosophical texts. view course details

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  •  7126RELST 4100  SEM 101

RELST 4102

The books of 1 and 2 Samuel tell the riveting story of the rise to power of Israel's kings Saul and David.  In this class we will read these books in the original Hebrew, paying attention to details of ... view course details

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  • 17102RELST 4102  SEM 101

RELST 4304

This seminar investigates the nexus of music, poetry, cosmology, and iconography in medieval Arabo-Persian culture from, roughly, the Sāmānids (ninth/tenth century) to the Safavids (sixteenth/seventeenth ... view course details

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  • 16995RELST 4304  SEM 101

RELST 4424

By providing an opportunity to engage, explore and examine how local and global ideas and forces interact, this course examines the dynamic interactions between religion and modernity. It inquires how ... view course details

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  • 16596RELST 4424  LEC 001

RELST 4449

This course provides advanced students in Religious Studies or the humanities a working familiarity with important methodological issues in the academic study of religion. Following a brief historical ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: ASIAN 4449

  • 4 Credits Graded

  •  8275RELST 4449  SEM 101

  • One course in Religious Studies.

RELST 4455

Women have from the beginning been integral members of Buddhist traditions. But their voices have often been silenced by male clergy. This course will explore ways in which images of women and the feminine ... view course details

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  • 16594RELST 4455  SEM 101

  • Prerequisite: One course in Asian Religions.

RELST 4540

Moses Maimonides who was born in Cordoba (1138), moved to Fez as a youth and died in Cairo (1204) is regarded by Jewish, Islamic, and Christian tradition alike as the most important Jewish religious ... view course details

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  • 17068RELST 4540  SEM 101

RELST 4991

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  • 2-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  6212RELST 4991  IND 601

    • TBA
    • Law, J

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  • 2-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7982RELST 4991  IND 602

    • TBA
    • Boucher, D

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  • 2-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7983RELST 4991  IND 603

    • TBA
    • Brann, R

RELST 4996

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  • 4 Credits Graded

  •  6199RELST 4996  IND 601

    • TBA
    • Staff

RELST 6020

Reading and translation of Latin philosophical texts. view course details

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  •  7121RELST 6020  SEM 101

RELST 6616

This course explores the Zen's central religious, historical and aesthetic developments. We read primary sources in translation and secondary sources. We examine the rise of the Ch'an tradition in China ... view course details

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  • 16662RELST 6616  LEC 001

  • This class is now closed. To be put on a wait-list please contact the instructor at jml16@cornell.edu.

RELST 6624

By providing an opportunity to engage, explore and examine how local and global ideas and forces interact, this course examines the dynamic interactions between religion and modernity. It inquires how ... view course details

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  • 16598RELST 6624  LEC 001