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First year

Compulsory for all students Religious Students: Workshop Endnote – Master Religious Studies – date and location to be announced.

Students are advised to contact their supervisor well before the start of their master year, so that a suitable programme can be put together in good time: Masterplanning

Course EC Semester 1 Semester 2
Required General Course Religious Studies 5
The Courage To Be Modern: Religious Liberalisms 1850-1950 5
The Halakhic Process: Studies in Jewish Biomedical Law 5

Elective courses

Course EC Semester 1 Semester 2
Christianity in the Middle East (1800-present) 5
Comparative Religion: Themes and Topics in the Study of Religion 5
Ethics and Religion: Questioning Life and Death 5
Foundations of Early Christian Tradition 5
Hellenistic Religions: The deconstruction and reconstruction of Gnosticism 5
Literature and Religion of Ancient Israel 5
Method and Theory in the Study of Religion 5
Philosophy of Religion: Religion and the Natural Sciences 5
Psychology of Religion 5
Religion and the immigrant experience 5
Religion, art, and identity of Christian societies in the Middle East 10
Sociology of Religion 5
The Halakhic Process: Studies in Jewish Biomedical Law 5
Translating God(s): Islam and Christianity in Southeast Europe 10

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The confrontation with the modern world raises all sorts of fundamental questions for believers. How to deal with traditional faith in the face of the rapid technological, social, political, and economical changes? Are religion and theology subject to the modern spirit too? And if so, is this development to be welcomed by believers? Or should it rather be rejected as undermining the stability of faith, and, consequently, of society in general? Ever since 1800 believers from various religions, including Christianity and Judaism, are involved in the continous debate over the relationship between religion, faith, and the modern world. It has been, and still is, the cause of conflicts between religious liberals and traditionalist believers, between modernists and fundamentalists. Major issues of these controversies concern the relationship between science and religion, the scholarly criticism of sacred texts, the role of the historical, philological, psychological and anthropological disciplines in the domain of belief, and, last but not least, the authority of the religious tradition. Reflections about these central issues are of special interest in this MA track.


Those students who wish to focus on ‘Judaism in the modern world’ are advised to contact Prof. J. Frishman. Those who wish to focus on ‘Christianity in the modern world’ are advised to contact Prof. E.G.E. van der Wall.

Supervision is on an individual basis, in combination with group meetings in the working group ‘Kerkhistorisch gezelschap S.S.S.’

Programme structure

1. Common Course: Required General Course (5 EC)

2. Compulsory Courses (3×5 EC)

  • Science and Religion in Western Christianity 1880-1940

  • The Halakhic Process: Studies in Jewish Biomedical Law

  • Working group ‘Kerkhistorisch gezelschap S.S.S.’

3. Additional Courses (20 EC)
For example, courses in the history of Modern Christianity, Modern Judaism and World Christianity

4. MA thesis (20 EC)