AC5315 Comparitive Monotheism: Abrahmaic faiths, their origins, and interactions.
(Fall) (3 graduate credit hours)
This is a course investigating the cross-cultural phenomenon of monotheism in both ancient and modern contexts. The study of Abrahamic monotheism (Judaism, Christianity and Islam – and their roots in Persian and Egyptian religions) gives rise to the wider tasks of Comparative Monotheism which seeks to understand how the concept of a single, supreme deity functions within religious and cultural contexts. In this course, overlapping dimensions are reviewed in terms of sacred texts, concepts and rituals. The course explores factors contributing to the expansiveness and diversity of monotheism and how religious cultures with no prior history of this conception evolve their own forms of the concept (as in varieties of Hinduism). The course explores “majority” and “minority” forms of monotheism within cultural life, institutional development and individual identity.