College of Arts and Science
An introduction to the early history and development of religion in the Middle East. The course begins with the religious traditions of ancient Egypt, Anatolia, and Mesopotamia; describes how these traditions shaped the subsequent development of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam; and concludes with the transformation of the religious landscape following the Islamic conquests. In addition to mapping out these historical linkages, the course will focus on using the category of religion as a unique method in the study of social and political history. Graded on A-F basis only.