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HIS5030: Owning and sharing holy matter: texts, artefacts and places

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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

HIS5030 - Owning and sharing holy matter: texts, artefacts and places introduces a major, and yet still understudied, dimension of religious life: its material dimension. In this course we will discuss select case studies of texts, places and artefacts from the whole geographical and chronological range of the program. We will explore a large variety of different materials, such as images, maps, manuscripts, architectural and archeological remains. The course also provides theoretical perspectives on materiality and media, with a particular focus on the three key categories of religious matter discussed in the course, helping us understand the ways in which they are owned, shared and contested, across diverse traditions.
HIS5030 - Owning and sharing holy matter: texts, artefacts and places is an obligatory course in the Master's programme in History of Religions.


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 75% of the lectures.
  • Submit and have approved a one-page outline of the essay.
  • Submit and have approved a full first draft of the essay by the date stipulated in the syllabus.
  • 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 you withdraw within the set deadline (1 May/ 1 November).

Avsluttende vurdering

To gain credit for the course the student must fulfill all the requirements. The final grade will be based on the revised essay (4000-4500 words). The course is assessed with grades A-F.

Læringsutbytte etter fullført emne

The student has:
  • thorough knowledge of religious materialised practices;
  • good knowledge of engagement with scriptural texts, textual artefacts and narrative clusters;
  • good knowledge of conceptual thinking and practical uses of images and relics in various religious traditions;
  • good knowledge of the significance of places, monuments and topographical narratives in some specific religious traditions.
The student can:
  • apply academic concepts and theories to analyze and interpret religious materialized practices
  • write an essay in accordance with the academic standards introduced in the course
  • receive and appropriately respond to feedback on a draft version of a piece of academic writing


For å få tilgang til elektronisk litteratur når du ikke sitter på MF:
Logg deg inn på Oria eller bruk "Ekstern tilgang" i bibliotekets databaseliste.

  • Almond, P. (1987). The Buddha of Christendom: A Review of the Legend of Barlaam and Josaphat. Religious Studies, 23(3), s. 391-406. (Kompendium).
  • Ando, C. (2006). Idols and their Critics. I J. B. White (Red.), How should we talk about religion?: Perspectives, contexts, particularities (s. 33-54). Notre Dame: Univ. of Notre Dame Press. Bibliotek (Kompendium)
  • Boss, S. (2007). Jerusalem, Dwelling of the Lord: Marian Pilgrimage and its Destination. I P. North & J. A. North (Red.), Sacred space: House of God, gate of heaven (s. 135-151). London: Continuum. Bibliotek (Kompendium)
  • Bremmer, J. (2013). The Agency of Greek and Roman Statues from Homer to Constantine. Opuscula: Annual of the Swedish Institutes at Athens and Rome, 6, s. 7-21. Hentet fra
  • Brown, M. P. (2006). In the beginning: Bibles before the year 1000 (s. 15-35, 266-267, 319-321). Washington, D.C.: Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution. Bibliotek (Kompendium)
  • Carruthers, M. (2008). The book of memory: A study of memory in medieval culture (2nd utg., s. 274-281). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Bibliotek (Kompendium)
  • Chidester, D. (1996). Anchoring Religion in the World: A Southern African History of Comparative Religion. Religion, 26(2), s. 141-160. (Kompendium).
  • Lafferty, S. (2014). Ad sanctitatem mortuorum: Tomb raiders, body snatchers and relic hunters in late antiquity. Early Medieval Europe, 22(3), s. 249-279. Bibliotek (Kompendium).
  • McCutcheon, R. T. (2019). Fabricating religion: Fanfare for the common e.g (s. 161-180). Berlin,Boston: De Gruyter. Bibliotek (Kompendium)
  • Meyer, B., Morgan, D., Paine, C. & Plate, S. B. (2010). The Origin and Mission of Material Religion. Religion, 40(3), s. 207-211. (Kompendium).
  • Moore, S. D. (2001). God's beauty parlor: And other queer spaces in and around the Bible (s. 90-130). Stanford, Calif: Stanford University Press. Bibliotek (Kompendium)
  • Nees, L. (2002). Early medieval art (s. 117-151). Oxford: Oxford University Press. Bibliotek (Kompendium)
  • Smith, J. Z. (1987). To take place: Toward theory in ritual (s. 47-95, 147-170). Chicago: University of Chicago Press. Bibliotek
  • Stalley, R. (1999). Early medieval architecture (s. 147-165). Oxford: Oxford University Press. Bibliotek (Kompendium)

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