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WREL 501     World Religions  (3)

Using historical and ethnographic approaches and some of the lenses of cultural history, anthropology, and comparative religions, this course explores a number of religious traditions, situating them in terms of the milieu in which they developed and their key concepts and teachings followed by particular attention to how they take shape in religious life and lives in contemporary US contexts. Texts, films, multimedia, and off-campus site visits are utilized, and critical reflection upon all these comprises the heart of the course. Native American, Yoruba, Jewish, Islamic, Baha'i, Hindu, Buddhist, Confucianist, Daoist, and Chinese popular religious cultures are considered.