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The academic study of religion is an integral part of the liberal arts. The aims of the curriculum are two: to introduce students to the various religious traditions of the world—Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism, for example—and to acquaint students with a variety of recognized methodologies employed in the study of religion—philosophical, social scientific, and historical. The department’s courses serve both to develop in students the capacity for critical assessment of religious thought and action, and to provide an adequate grounding for independent, analytic inquiry into the history of religious traditions.

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Gender Bending in the Stories of Joseph and Esther in the Hebrew Bible

As feminine figures, Joseph and Esther are groomed to please, concealing their identities in the foreign imperial court. Yet Esther gradually sheds her...

11/21 4:30pm
Semantic Variation in Conjoined Comparatives

Margit Bowler '11 Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of Linguistics and English Language, University of Manchester All languages have a way...

12/4 4:30pm
American Sutra: Buddhism and the WWII Japanese American Incarceration

The mass incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II is not only a tale of injustice; it is a moving story of faith. In this pathbreaking...

12/4 5:30pm

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