History of Religions
This master’s programme uses interdisciplinary approaches to study history and religion in the pre- and early modern world.
History of Religions: Encounters and Conflict is focused on the issues of religious cross-pollination, coexistence and conflict with particular emphasis on Europe and the Middle East. Addressed in a long historical perspective stretching from Antiquity to the early modern period, the programme seeks to illuminate the roots of present peaceful coexistence and interchange, as well as of today's antagonisms and conflicts.
The underlying idea of the programme is that, in order to fully grasp current religious conflicts and alliances, we need to understand how the perceptions of past and present are intertwined, reciprocally dependent and constantly reshaped.
- How are sacred texts used and abused?
- How can a religious war be just?
- What are the historical roots of the commonalities shared by Judaism, Christianity and Islam?
- How did religious groups, ideas and artefacts travel from one continent to another and how did that migration transform them?
In other words, how did religious conflicts and encounters shape the modern world and why do they still matter today?
More about the programme
All courses are mandatory. Students are only able to start this programme in August as HIS5010 is considered a basic theoretical course which, as a main rule, has to be completed before continuing with second semester courses.
Structure as of fall 2019
Thesis for Master in History of Religions:
Thesis for Master in History of Religions:
Owning and sharing holy matter: texts, artefacts and places
Encounters: Common Categories and Concepts in Abrahamic religions
Methodology: Texts and History
Theoretical perspectives: The historical study of religion
Religious change, exchange and counterchange: A long-term historical perspective
The Craft: Research Skills and Professional Engagement in the Study of Religion
|Semester||10 ECTS||10 ECTS||10 ECTS|
Description of the programme
Based on a multidisciplinary approach and applying various theoretical frameworks and interpretative methods, the core courses of the programme aim to reveal historical dynamics, privileging 'how' and tentatively 'why' over 'who' and 'when'.
The programme is conceived at the intersection between political history and history of religions, but relies also on other disciplines, such as the history of ideas, art history and archaeology. These are meant to provide the depth of field expected in Big History by illustrating and clarifying the macro-historical perspectives.
Students who complete a minimum of 10 master level credit points in a relevant language can apply to have these credit points recognized as a part of their degree in History of Religions. If approved, language credit points can replace one or both of the 10 point courses HIS5030 and HIS5050. When such an application is processed, the content and grade level of the student's prior studies will be taken into consideration.
- As a main rule, 40 ECTS within the programme, including methodology, must be completed before students can register for AVH5080.
- As a main rule, all courses within the programme must be completed before the thesis can be submitted.
Modes of teaching
What will you learn?
Description of Qualifications
|has advanced knowledge of the historical development of the main religious traditions and specialised insight in the role that religion played in the evolution of society|
|has thorough knowledge of the principal theories about religion and religious phenomena|
|can understand and interact with academic discourses in the field of the history of religions|
|can critically analyse and use the existing theories within the history and phenomenology of religions as well as their specific methods and interpretative patterns in both practical cases and theoretical debates|
|can carry out independent scientific research on topics related to the history and phenomenology of religions|
|can apply knowledge to new areas within the history and phenomenology of religions, history proper or social sciences and address relevant challenges in society|
|can analyse and address critically different types of empirical data and use it to structure and formulate theoretically valid arguments|
|can assess the historical background of current social issues related to religious beliefs and practices and propose valid and balanced frameworks for relating to them|
|can analyse within a valid methodological framework problems related to religious conflict|
|can apply his/her knowledge and skills in new areas of society in order to carry out advanced assignments and projects in connection with people’s religious beliefs|
|can communicate the results of scientific work in the history and phenomenology of religion and masters the specific terminology of these fields|
|can communicate about issues in the history and phenomenology of religion with the general public|
|can contribute to theoretical research and practical conflict-solving in the areas of the history and phenomenology of religion|
Further studies and career opportunities