RELG 006. Abrahamic Religion/s: Violence and Monotheism


This course introduces students to the academic study of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam through the figure of Abraham. How have these religions understood Abraham in competing and overlapping ways? In what ways have their respective portrayals of Abraham fostered both unity and discord, peaceful coexistence and religious wars, that persist throughout history and up to current geo-political, religious landscapes (e.g. Hevron/Hebron/al-Khalil)? Broader themes this course addresses through the figure of Abraham are the roles of violence in religion, and gendered and racialized violence and monotheism. Finally, we critically examine the use of the discourse of "Abrahamic Faith/s" in Religious Studies and Inter-religious dialogue. 
Humanities.
1 credit.
Eligible for PEAC, GSST
Catalog chapter: Religion  
Department website: http://www.swarthmore.edu/religion


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