James K. Wellman
Analysis of selected theme or symbols in relation to several different religious traditions. Topics vary. Prerequisite: admission to the comparative religion MAIS program or permission of instructor. Offered: W.
We will look at the theoretical idea of fundmentalism. Beginning with its early history in American Christianity and then moving on to name other religions, in particular Islamic movements. What is the adequacy of the term and can/should it be discarded, changed, and rethought?
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Short lectures and group discussions; students will be asked to present books and their own research project.
An advanced course in the academic study of religion.
Class assignments and grading
Leadership in group discussions and presenation of research project on the application of fundamentalist category to a case-study of the student's choice.
Participation and research paper.