REL 321
Happy Holidays! A Comparative History of Commemorations and Festivals Fall 2017
Division II Writing Skills Exploring Diversity Initiative
Cross-listed HIST 411 / REL 321 / ARAB 411
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What do our holidays tell us about ourselves and our societies? This seminar in religious, political and cultural history is in two parts. In the first half, we will explore the major holidays and festivals that emerged in the Middle East among the three monotheistic religions (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam). It will examine how certain events became ritualized and then spread to different parts of the globe and were adapted to specific cultural situations. We will consider the role of myth and commemoration and how various religious holidays are celebrated in different ways around the world. The second part of the seminar focuses on secular holidays with particular attention to the Modern Middle East. Which events are commemorated and how and what are the political implications of these celebrations?
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 12
Expected: 12
Class#: 2042
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: several short response papers and a 20- to 25-page final paper
Extra Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis; not available for the fifth course option
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: seniors, especially History and Arabic Studies majors
Distributions: Division II Writing Skills Exploring Diversity Initiative
Notes: meets Division 2 requirement if registration is under ARAB
This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
HIST 411 Division II REL 321 Division II ARAB 411 Division II
Attributes: HIST Group E Electives - Middle East

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