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HIS5020: Religious change, exchange and counterchange: A long-term historical perspective

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Emneansvarlig:Brent Nongbri (
Studieprogramtilhørighet:2-årige masterprogrammer - Master i teologi
2-årige masterprogrammer - Master in History of Religions
Avdelingstilhørighet:Avdeling for religion, skole og samfunn

Generell informasjon

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HIS5020 is a foundational course for the History of Religion programme, contextualizing the program content within a very large geochronological range. Adopting a “Big History” perspective, HIS5020 locates human history in general and the history of religions specifically within this wider framework. The course introduces students to fundamental concepts in both history (e.g. periodization and mapping) and religion (e.g. conversion and reformation). Most lectures illustrate events, concepts, or phenomena through material culture in an attempt to maintain a good balance between theory and materiality.
HIS5020 Religious change, exchange and counterchange: A long-term historical perspective is an obligatory course in the Master's programme in History of Religions.


In order to receive a final assessment, the student must:
  • Attend at least 75% of the lectures that are part of the course.
  • Participate in the 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).

Avsluttende vurdering

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

Læringsutbytte etter fullført emne

The course examines selected historical topics and events from the dawn of the Roman Empire to the end of the British Empire. The objective of the course is to familiarize students with phenomena that are foundational for the programme, such as cultural interconnectivity and fluid identities.
The student has:
  • command of the main historical landmarks (event, actors, etc.) of the period under study
  • knowledge of the principal theoretical approaches applied to the themes addressed
The student can:
  • approach events or phenomena in a cross-disciplinary fashion
  • summarise and give overviews of vast historical contexts
  • identify adequate theoretical approaches and analytical methods to particular research topics
  • write an exam paper in accordance with the academic standards introduced in the course.


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  • Bentley, J. H. (1996). Cross-cultural interaction and periodization in world history. The American historical review, 101(3), s. 749-770. Bibliotek (Kompendium).
  • Besserman, L. (1996). The challenge of periodization: Old paradigms and new perspectives. I L. Besserman (Red.), The challenge of periodization: Old paradigms and new perspectives (s. 3-28). New York: Garland Pub. Bibliotek (Kompendium)
  • Brekke, T. (2006). Between prudence and heroism: Ethics of war in the hindu tradition. I T. Brekke (Red.), The ethics of war in Asian civilizations: A comparative perspective (s. 113-144). London: Routledge. Bibliotek (Kompendium)
  • Cavanaugh, W. T. (2009). The myth of religious violence: Secular ideology and the roots of modern conflict (s. 15-180). Oxford: Oxford University Press. Bibliotek
  • Edney, M. H. (2009). The irony of imperial mapping. I J. R. Akerman (Red.), The Imperial map: Cartography and the mastery of empire (s. 11-46). Chicago, Ill.: University of Chicago Press. Bibliotek (Kompendium)
  • Elverskog, J. (2010). Buddhism and Islam on the Silk Road (s. 175-226). Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press . Bibliotek (Kompendium)
  • Escolar, M. (2003). Exploration, cartography and the modernization of state power. I N. Brenner, B. Jessop, M. Jones & G. MacLeod (Red.), State/space: A reader (s. 29-52). Malden: Blackwell. Bibliotek (Kompendium)
  • Foltz, R. C. (2010). Religions of the silk road: Premodern patterns of globalization (2. utg.). New York: Palgrave Macmillan. Bibliotek
  • Frydenlund, I. (2018). Buddhism and violence: An Oxymoron?: Text and tradition in Buddhist just-war thinking. I L. R. Kurtz (Red.), The warrior and the pacifist: Competing motifs in Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam (s. 13-35). Routledge. Bibliotek (Kompendium)
  • Heather, P. J. (2009). Empires and barbarians: The fall of Rome and the birth of Europe (s. 1-35, 577-618). Oxford: Oxford University Press. Bibliotek
  • Jacob, C. (2006). The sovereign map: Theoretical approaches in cartography throughout history (s. 11-102). Chicago, Ill.: University of Chicago Press. Bibliotek
  • Johnson, J. T. (2014). Just war tradition and the restraint of war: A moral and historical inquiry (xxi-xxxv). Princeton: Princeton University Press. Bibliotek (Kompendium). Hentet fra
  • Kelsay, J. (2006). Islamic tradition and the justice of war. I T. Brekke (Red.), The ethics of war in Asian civilizations: A comparative perspective (s. 81-110). London: Routledge. Bibliotek (Kompendium)
  • Koselleck, R. (2002). The practice of conceptual history: Timing history, spacing concepts (s. 1-19, 84-99, 100-114, 218-235). Stanford, Calif: Stanford University Press. Bibliotek
  • Koselleck, R. (2004). Futures past: On the semantics of historical time (s. 75-151). New York: Columbia University Press. Bibliotek
  • Lefebvre, H. (2009). State, space, world: Selected essays (s. 167-184). Minneapolis, Minn: University of Minnesota Press. Bibliotek (Kompendium)
  • Lefebvre, H. (2003). Space and the state. I N. Brenner, B. Jessop, M. Jones & G. MacLeod (Red.), State/space: A reader (s. 84-100). Malden: Blackwell. Bibliotek (Kompendium)

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