HIST 411
Happy Holidays! A Comparative History of Commemorations and Festivals
Last Offered Fall 2017
Division II
Cross-listed REL 321 / HIST 411 / ARAB 411
This course is not offered in the current catalog or this is a previous listing for a current course.

Class Details

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#: 1508
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: several short response papers and a 20- to 25-page final paper
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: seniors, especially History and Arabic Studies majors
Distributions: Division II
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
REL 321 Division II HIST 411 Division II ARAB 411 Division II
Attributes: HIST Group E Electives - Middle East

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