Religions Mediterranean World

Religions in the Mediterranean World

This course is designed to analyze the origin and evolution of the most important religions in the Mediterranean world from Antiquity to Modern times. These include Egyptian religion, Canaanite religion, Greek religion, and Roman religion, among others. Special relevance is given to the three monotheistic religions: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. The mutual influences among religions, the interchange of ideas, as well as the conflicts and confrontations among them will be discussed. How the historical circumstances determined the evolution of religions, and what peculiarities distinguish a certain religion from the rest will also be studied. In class, we will analyze, comment, and discuss primary sources—translated into Spanish—of these religions. (1 unit)

Required text: Material in electronic form to be available for students upon arrival at Middlebury.

Recommended texts: F. Díez de Velasco, Introducción a la historia de las religiones, (Madrid: Trotta, 2002); G. Firolamo, M. Massenzio, M. Raveri & P. Scarpi (eds.), Historia de las religiones (Barcelona: Crítica, 2000); J. Ries (coord.), Tratado de antropología de lo sagrado (Madrid: Trotta 1995-2001). 5 vols. Especially vol. 3: Las civilizaciones del Mediterráneo y lo sagrado & vol. 5: El creyente en las religiones judía, musulmana y cristiana; F. E. Peters, Los hijos de Abraham: Judaísmo, Cristianismo e Islam (Barcelona: Capellades, Laertes, 2007).
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SPAN 6706

All Sections in Summer 2009, LS 6 Week Session

Summer 2009, LS 6 Week Session

SPAN6706A-L09 Lecture (Gomez-Aranda)