REL 325
Faith and Profit in the Medieval Mediterranean Fall 2023
Division II
Cross-listed HIST 325

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In many historical societies, there have been tensions between the demands of economic and religious life. What can I sell, what should I do with money, and how shall I interact with strangers? What is the relationship between religious ideals and the habits of everyday life? These questions can become especially acute when representatives of two or more competing belief systems interact with each other. The medieval Mediterranean provides numerous rich examples of societies and individuals facing these questions. In this class, we will look at how medieval Jews, Christians, and Muslims resolved these and other dilemmas in the market societies surrounding the Mediterranean basin, as they created their own forms of religious law and economic philosophy. In the process, we will gain a more profound understanding of the roots of modern debates about capitalism, property, and economic justice.
The Class: Format: lecture
Limit: 25
Expected: 15-20
Class#: 1906
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: Attendance and participation, two short papers, one final 12-15-page research paper
Prerequisites: None
Enrollment Preferences: Junior and senior History majors
Distributions: Division II
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
REL 325 Division II HIST 325 Division II
Attributes: HIST Group C Electives - Europe and Russia
HIST Group P Electives - Premodern

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