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Eugene Webb
Seattle Campus

Introduction to World Religions: Western Traditions

History of religions, concentrating on religious traditions that have developed west of the Indus. Primary attention to the Semitic religions (Judaism, Christianity, Islam) and to their ancient world background with emphasis on basic conceptual and symbolic structures.

Class description

This course introduces students to the main features of the religious traditions of the western world (including Europe and the Near East). Primary emphasis will be on Jewish , Christian, and Islamic traditions, but their ancient world background will also be studied, including the religious traditions of ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, and Persia. A combination of historical and conceptual approaches will be used. The religions will be discussed in terms of their historical development and influences, with attention to the basic concepts that structure their patterns of thought. The format of presentation will be lectures, with discussions in sections. Usually there are two midterm exams and a final.

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The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Loryn R. Paxton
Date: 10/27/1998