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RLG212H1-S Anthropology of Religion

Instructor: Amira Mittermaier
Time: Monday 2p-4p (This course has a tutorial*)
Description: An introduction to key concepts, theories, and methodological approaches in the anthropology of religion. The emphasis is not on memorizing things people believe and do in other cultures and societies but on understanding how anthropologists have tried to study and explain religious phenomena.
Exclusion: RLG212Y1
Distribution Requirement: Social Science
Breadth Requirement: Thought, Belief and Behaviour (2))

RLG355H1-S Anthropology of Islam

Instructor: Nada Moumtaz
Time: Wednesday 3-5p
Description: What is Islam beyond news stories of veiling and “Islamic terrorism?” Anthropologists take pride in learning the languages of the communities they study and spending extensive periods of research with them, and have therefore a very different perspective than the mainstream media. This course answers the questions: How do anthropologists study Islam and what have they taught us about Islam and the ways Muslims live as Muslims?

Prerequisite: Three prior RLG half courses (or equivalent). Students who do not meet the prerequisite but believe they have adequate preparation should consult the undergraduate program assistant regarding entry to the course.

Distribution Requirement: Social Science
Breadth Requirement: Thought, Belief and Behaviour (2)

RLG388H1-F Special Topics I

What is a Christian? Anthropologies of Global Christianity/ies

Description: This course will examine global Christianity/ies through the lens of the anthropology of Christianity, a relatively new field that is producing critically meaningful research. The semester will be structured around seven thematic categories (sincerity, language ideologies, economies, conversion and mission, performance, politics and publics, and pilgrimage), and students will interact directly with the works of anthropologists and historians who have done ethnographic work around the world. By destabilizing and decentering certain normative understandings of Christianity, and through a close study of an emerging field’s reflections on its position in the broader discipline of the anthropology of religion, this course will work towards examining the socio-religious dynamics of power within Christianity on a global scale.