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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

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:
  • 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.


For å få tilgang til elektronisk litteratur når du ikke sitter på MF:

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  • Asad, T. (2009). The idea about an anthropology of Islam. Qui Parle, 17(2), s. 1-30. 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)
  • Bloch, M. (2008). Why religion is nothing special but is central. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, Biological Sciences, 363, s. 2055-2061. (Kompendium).
  • Boyer, P. (2018). Minds make societies: How cognition explains the world humans create (s. 93-124). New Haven ;London: Yale University Press. Bibliotek (Kompendium)
  • Cavanaugh, W. T. (2009). The myth of religious violence: Secular ideology and the roots of modern conflict. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Bibliotek
  • Fagan, B. (2004). The rape of the Nile (s. 169-218). Basic Books. Bibliotek (Kompendium)
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  • Fredriksen, P. (2006). Mandatory retirement: Ideas in the study of Christian origins whose time has come to go. Studies in religion, 35(2), s. 231-246. (Kompendium).
  • Fredriksen, P. (1986). Paul and Augustine: Conversion narratives, orthodox traditions, and the retrospective self. Journal of Theological Studies, 37, s. 3-34. (Kompendium).
  • Go, J. (2016). Postcolonial thought and social theory (s. 64-102). New York, NY: Oxford University Press. Bibliotek (Kompendium)
  • Gonzalez, V. (2001). Beauty and Islam: Aesthetics in Islamic art and architecture (s. 5-25). London: I.B. Tauris in association with the Institute of Ismaili Studies. Bibliotek (Kompendium)
  • Hallaq, W. B. (2005). The origins and evolution of Islamic law (s. 2-28). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Bibliotek (Kompendium)
  • Hallaq, W. B. (2009). Shari'a: Theory, practice, transformations (s. 27-60). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Bibliotek (Kompendium)
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  • Levine, L. (2006). Jewish archaeology in late antiquity: Art, architecture, and inscriptions. I S. T. Katz (Red.), The Cambridge history of Judaism: 4: The late Roman-rabbinic period (s. 519-555). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Bibliotek (Kompendium)
  • Lincoln, B. (2005). Theses on method. Method and theory in the study of religion, 17(1), s. 8-10. Bibliotek. Hentet fra
  • MacCulloch, D. (2012). Christian History: An Introduction to the Western Tradition (New updated utg., s. 163-181). London: SCM Press. Bibliotek (Kompendium)
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  • Mahmood, S. (2006). Secularism, hermeneutics, and empire: The politics of islamic reformation. Public culture., 18(2), s. 323-347. Bibliotek (Kompendium).
  • Mairs, R. (2017). Lapis lazuli, Homer, and the Buddha: Material and ideological exchange in West Africa (c.250 BCE - 200 CE). I T. Hodos (Red.), The Routledge handbook of archaeology and globalization (s. 885-898). London: Routledge. Bibliotek (Kompendium)
  • Masud, M. K. (2009). Islamic modernism. I M. K. Masud, A. Salvatore & M. v. Bruinessen (Red.), Islam and Modernity: Key Issues and debates (s. 237-260). Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press. Bibliotek (Kompendium)
  • Nock, A. D. (1998). Conversion: The old and the new in religion from Alexander the Great to Augustine of Hippo (s. 1-16). Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. Bibliotek (Kompendium)
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  • Taji-Farouki, S. (Red.) (2004). From revelation to interpretation: Nasr Hamid Abu Zayd and the literary study of the Qur'an. I Modern Muslim intellectuals and the Qur'an (s. 169-192). Oxford: Oxford University Press. Bibliotek. Hentet fra
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