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Religion, art, and identity of Christian societies in the Middle East

Course 2010-2011

Admission requirements

BA in Religious Studies, Semitic Languages, Art History or any other relevant discipline. Basic knowledge of at least one Middle Eastern Christian community.

Description

In this thematically oriented seminar, the identity formation of different groups of eastern Christians will be studied. In an intricate process of adoption and rejection, the groups selected elements from the cultures to which they were heirs and from those with which they came into contact, thus defining a position of their own. The manner in which the different groups did this will be compared. In addition to the political history, the role of religion and art will also be treated.

Course objectives

  • Knowledge of the theoretical aspects of identity, identity formation, and ethnicity.
  • Insight in the process of identity formation of one or more Middle Eastern Christian communities.
  • Insight in the role of art and religion in this process.
  • Ability to assess the contribution of a particular text or work of art to this process.

Timetable

See website

Mode of instruction

Literature seminar

Assessment method

Presentation in class and essay.

Blackboard

There is no blackboard site for this course.

Reading list

  • R.B. ter Haar Romeny (ed.), Religious Origins of Nations? The Christian Communities of the Middle East (Leiden: Brill, 2010).
  • Additional literature will be discussed in class.

Registration

Via uSis.
Exchange and Study Abroad students, please see the Study in Leiden website for information on how to apply.

Contact information

Prof.dr. R.B. ter Haar Romeny

Remarks

This course is compulsory for people specializing in Christianity in the Middle East; others can take it as an elective.
Research Master students get additional assignments.