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HIS5050: Encounters: Common Categories and Concepts in Abrahamic religions

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Person responsible for the course:Victor Ghica (
Credit points (ECTS):10
Start of studies:Spring
Study programme:Master's degree (2 years) - History of Religions
Department:Department of Theology and History

Examination dates/written assignment deadlines

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Examination typeExamination date / Written assignment deadlineWithdrawal deadline 1
Take-home exam2019-05-23 23. May 20192019-05-01 1. May 2019
Hand-out date:20. May 2019
Time for hand-out:09:00
Submission date:23. May 2019
Submission deadline:12:00
Duration:3 dayER
Release date for results:13. Jun 2019
Take-home exam – New and postponed - N.B. Own rules for access.2019-08-22 22. Aug 20192019-08-04 4. Aug 2019
Hand-out date:19. Aug 2019
Time for hand-out:09:00
Submission date:22. Aug 2019
Submission deadline:12:00
Duration:3 dayER
Release date for results:13. Sep 2019

General information

HIS5050 is a course of comparative history of religions focusing on concepts, believes and practices shared by the main Abrahamic religions. Along with the analysis of these common characteristics, we shall discuss the historical processes that underpin their transmission. The historical context taken into account covers the period 1 st -8 th century CE. In an attempt to explain possible mechanisms of transmission and mutual influence, the course will make use of a number of theories of religion studied in HIS5010.
HIS50500 Encounters: Common categories and concepts in Abrahamic religions is an obligatory course in the Master's programme in History of Religions.

Course requirements

In order to receive a final assessment, the student must:
  • Attend at least 75% of the lectures.
  • Participate in the evaluation of the course if such evaluation is stipulated in the relevant term.
Students are expected to read the entire bibliography, including the specific readings relating to individual lectures and seminars.

Final assessment

To gain credit for the course the student must fulfill all the requirements and pass a three-day home exam (2500-3500). The course is assessed with grades A-F.

Course objective and content

The student has:
  • a thorough knowledge of common doctrines and concepts in Abrahamic religions
  • a thorough knowledge of the history and evolution of Abrahamic religions, taken both individually and as a group
  • a good knowledge of the textual sources relating to the above-mentioned notions
  • a good knowledge of lesser-known religious systems belonging to the Abrahamic group
The student can:
  • use technical terminology specific for the discipline of the history of religions
  • integrate the historical approach into the comparative study of a religion system or of a group of religions
  • isolate and recognise a common conceptual basis in the theological traditions of Abrahamic religions
  • propose historical explanations for the shared characteristics of Abrahamic religions.


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  • Stroumsa, G. G. (2015). The making of the Abrahamic religions in late antiquity. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Library

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