Mar 29, 2020  
2018-2019 Catalog 
2018-2019 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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REL 276 - The Shi’ite Tradition



Introduction to the Shi’ite tradition that also highlights commonalities and differences between Sunni and Shi’ite interpretations of islam. Topics include: the origins of Shi’ism and the Sunni-Shi’ite split; Shi’ite theology; religious and ritual life, piety and spirituality; development of the tradition over time; major institutions; Shi’ite Messianism; major themes in polemics between Sunnis and Shi’ites; ecumenical efforts; mediatory role of Sufism; and political thought and political ramifications of the Sunni-Shi’ite divide. 


Satisfies the Philosophical and Religious Perspectives requirement.

Satisfies the cultural diversity requirement.
Satisfies Middle Eastern Studies requirement.
Satisfies South Asian Studies requirement.

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