History of Religions
This module aims to give the students an opportunity to broaden their understanding of the Abrahamic faiths and to appreciate differences in belief and practice. Adopting a comparative approach and a systematic analysis of different religions, the module emphasises the need to employ empathy and method in understanding other faith systems. The module is particularly valued for students wishing to engage in inter- faith work.
This course will be trying to find an answer for two principal questions: In a monotheistic view
How has the creator of the world formed and evolutionized religion (s), and how have religions shaped the world through the course of history? As we go further through a preparatory survey of some of the world’s most effective religious traditions, including primitive religious traditions, Dharmic traditions, Ancient Iranian religions, Abrahamic religions, and selected new religious movements, we will pay special attention to the ways in which these religions have been formed by historical, geographical, and political changes in the world. On top of that, this module is going to also consider how these religious traditions and their communities have been affected by these changes. Over the course of our online semester, we will try to shed light on both the significance and relevance of religion in world history and to start to introduce the techniques to students to establish an inter-faith dialogue.
Finally, the study of other religions will equip students with some great apologetic views toward Shiite Islam.