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In case the corona situation changes, there may be changes in the assessment forms (course requirements and / or exam). Any changes will be announced in the relevant Canvas-room. All students must stay continuously updated on these changes.

RL2012: Judaism and Islam

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Person responsible for the course:Wally Cirafesi (Wally.Cirafesi@mf.no)
Credit points (ECTS):10
Start of studies:Spring
Study programme:Bachelor's degree programme - Bachelor in Theology, Religion and Society
Department:Department of Theology and Ministry

Examination dates/written assignment deadlines

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1 Final deadline to withdraw from examination

Examination typeDate / DeadlineWithdrawal deadline 1
Take-home examination – New and postponed - N.B. Own rules for access.2020-08-10 10. Aug 20202020-08-02 2. Aug 2020
Hand-out date:10. Aug 2020
Time for hand-out:09:00
Submission date:10. Aug 2020
Submission deadline:09:00
Duration:8 hours
Release date for results:11. Aug 2020

General information

This course consists of two parts:
 
Part A: Judaism (5 ECTS)
Judaism not only has a long and varied history but also has played a major role in shaping the culture and values of modern western civilization. While its ancient origins lie somewhere in the Southern Levant, Jewish communities exist today all over the world, from Asia to the United States. This part of the course will provide a broad historical survey of Judaism from antiquity to the present day. It will introduce students to basic concepts, texts, and events that are responsible for both its unity and diversity, from the Hebrew Bible to the Holocaust to the modern State of Israel.
 
Part B: Islam (5 ECTS)
Islam has almost 2 billion adherents around the globe, nearly 25% of the world’s population. Its rich history spans 1400 years, stretching from Mecca to Manchester. It has produced some of the world’s most beautiful art and architecture as well as some of the most beloved sacred texts. This part of the course will provide an introduction to Islam, its historical development, its texts, and its varied beliefs and practices today. It will also critically introduce students to the perceptions of Islam in Europe and America, with a focus on its representation in the media.
There are no formal prerequisites for this course, but students are recommended to have completed RL1012 before taking RL2012.

Overlapping courses

Reduction of Credit points
RL2012 overlaps partly with RL1011 World Religions. Students who have already completed RL1011 will receive 5 credit points (ECTS) for RL2012 on their transcript of records or diploma.

Course requirements

As a result of the corona situation there may be changes in the assessment forms (course requirements and / or exam) spring semester 2020. Any changes will be announced in the relevant Canvas-room. All students must stay continuously updated on these changes.
In order to receive a final assessment, the student must:
  • Take part in a minimum of 60% of the lectures
  • Participate in class excursion (see syllabus for details on the date of excursion)
  • Submit a short paper (750 words) reflecting analytically on the excursion experience (see syllabus for due date for the reflection paper)
  • Participate in the guest lecture from a religious leader in Oslo (see syllabus for details on the date of this guest lecture)
  • Orally present a poster or short powerpoint presentation on one aspect of Judaism or Islam the student finds interesting (see syllabus for details on due date)
  • Participate in the electronic evaluation of the course if such evaluation is stipulated in the relevant term.
When course requirements are not fulfilled, this will count as one examination attempt, unless the student withdraws before the set deadline (1.May/November).

Final assessment

For the spring semester 2020 the final assessment in the course will be based on the following assessment form:
The final assessment for this course is based on one home exam (8 hours). The course and final exam will be graded A-F. This assessment form vil also be used on new and deferred exams.
 
 
 
For other semesters than the spring semester of 2020, the following assessment form will be used:
The final assessment for this course is based on one written exam (4 hours). The course and final exam will be graded A-F

Course objective and content

KNOWLEDGE
The student has:
  • good overview knowledge of the historical developments of Judaism and Islam
  • good overview knowledge of sacred scriptures in Judaism and Islam
  • knowledge of basic theological concepts in Judaism and Islam
  • knowledge of ritual practices in Judaism and Islam
  • knowledge of the contemporary political contexts that influence the practice of Judaism and Isalm around the world
 
SKILLS
The student can:
  • Articulate orally and in writing the basic developments in Jewish and Islamic religious history
  • Compare and contrast the basic theological/denominational positions within Judaism and Islam
  • Observe a living religious tradition and analyze it from the perspective of the study of religion
  • Discuss the importance of sacred scriptures in Judaism and Islam
  • Critically reflect on the modern political contexts of Judaism and Islam
  • Orally present on a specific topic/aspect of Judaism or Islam

Literature

To access electronic literature when you are not at MF:
Log in to Oria, or use "External access" in the library's list of databases.

PART A LITERATURE
  • Batnitzky, L. F. (2011). How Judaism became a religion: An introduction to modern Jewish thought. Princeton, N.J: Princeton University Press. Library
  • De Lange, N. (2010). An introduction to Judaism (2. ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Library

PART B LITERATURE

  • Ramadan, T. (2017). Introduction to islam. New York, NY: Oxford University Press. Library
  • Sonn, T. (2010). Islam: A brief history (2. ed.). Chichester, West Sussex, UK: Wiley-Blackwell. Library

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