Building Interreligious Relations 2


Course Objective

Teaching goals
• Basic insight into the literatures which study the ways which
Christianity, Judaism, Islam and categories of 'the secular' are
historically and conceptually intertwined and entangled
• Insight into how these entangled histories are related to the
histories and legacies of anti-semitism and islamophobia
• Enhancing the capacity to formulate integrative perspectives on what
'interreligiosity' means in the historical context of secularisation and
religious entanglement

Course Content

We will study works on the interrelated histories of Christianity, Islam
and Judaism in the Euro-Mediterranean and Middle-Eastern contexts from
the perspective of how these religions have been entangled and have
entered into tense relations in the course of Euro-Middle-Eastern
history, in relation to processes and concepts of secularisation, the
formation of 'religion, and the Axial Age. Readings will include Leora
Batnizky, Susannah Heschel, Schirin Amir-Moazzami, Anya Topolski, David
Nirenberg, Jean-Luc Nancy, Maurice Olender, Gil Anidjar, Paula
Frederiksen, Daniel Boyarin,

Teaching Methods

Lectures and student presentations

Method of Assessment

Presentation (20%) and final paper or final paper and take home exam
(80%). You can choose between two options for the final exam: (1) either
you choose to do a take home exam containing three questions which will
be published two weeks before the deadline, together with a final paper
of around 1500 words, or (2) you choose to write a final paper of around
4000 words. Deadline will be published during the course.


David Nirenberg - Anti-Judaism, the Western Tradition (W.W.Norton)
Maurice Olender - The languages of Paradise: race, religion, and
philology in the nineteenth century (Harvard University Press, orig,
Paris, Seuil).
Gil Anidjar - Semites, Race, Religion, Literature (Stanford University

Additional Information

Courses Building Interreligious Relations 1 and Building Interreligious
Relations 2 alternate on a yearly basis with the other courses Building
Interreligious Relations 3 and Building Interreligious Relations 4.
The courses Building Interreligious Relations 1 and Building
Interreligious Relations 2 will be taught in 2018-19.

General Information

Course Code G_BIR2
Credits 6 EC
Period P2
Course Level 400
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Religion and Theology
Course Coordinator prof. dr. H.Y.M. Jansen
Examiner prof. dr. H.Y.M. Jansen
Teaching Staff prof. dr. H.Y.M. Jansen

Practical Information

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