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RELS330 - Religions of the Middle East

Course Details

Course Code: RELS330 Course ID: 3639 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course is a study of the three primary religions whose origins were in and which are still practiced in the Middle East: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. For each religion, topics include history, culture, beliefs, scriptures and practices. Variations within the religions will be studied in context of their expression in the Middle East. In addition, the relationship of the three in the present day context will be studied, as well the influence of the religions on political and social situations.





Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
04/29/19 - 10/04/19 10/07/19 - 12/01/19 Fall 2019 Session B 8 Week session
06/24/19 - 11/29/19 12/02/19 - 01/26/20 Fall 2019 Session D 8 Week session
08/26/19 - 01/31/20 02/03/20 - 03/29/20 Winter 2020 Session I 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

1. To better understand the three major religions of the Middle East: Judaism, Christianity and Islam
2. To assess the interactions of the religious elements and better recognize the similarities and differences
3. To appreciate the common history between the three religions, and be able to explain the divergent paths
4. To understand the cultural elements of the three religions in a specifically Middle Eastern context

Professional Ethics: The highest level of personal integrity is the accepted standard for this course.

Forum elements will be worth 350 points (50 points for each of seven weeks). These will be evaluated both on your initial contribution as well as your conversation and questions with others.

Each week, students will be responsible for posting an initial discussion board piece of between 250 – 500 words in response to posted questions. Each student should respond to at least two other students’ postings with a substantive comment, question, or argument for debate.

Short Essays
Some key questions for you to consider as we go through the course will be given in week 2; short essays (500 – 1000 words each) will be due by week 7 of the term.

Research Paper
A scholarly research paper due at the end of week 8 that will be worth 400 points. This should be a paper approximately 2500 – 3000 words (8-10 pages) in length. References and footnotes may follow any style (APA, MLA, etc.) so long as it is applied consistently. Students may select their own topic, which should be cleared with the professor. More information will be given about the paper later in the semester.

Part of this paper will require use of the Online Library Resources of AMU/APUS.

NameGrade %
Assignments 75.00 %
Essay on Judaism 25.00 %
Essay on Christianity 25.00 %
Essay on Islam 25.00 %
Forums 25.00 %
Forum 1 3.13 %
Forum 2 3.13 %
Forum 3 3.13 %
Forum 4 3.13 %
Forum 5 3.13 %
Forum 6 3.13 %
Forum 7 3.13 %
Forum 8 3.13 %
Book Title: A History of God: The 4,000 Year Quest for Judaism, Christianity & Islam - The e-book is available in the APUS Online Library, link also provided in the classroom Lessons section.
Author: Armstrong, K.
Publication Info: Random House Publishing Group
ISBN: 9780345384560
Book Title: Judaism: The Basics- E-book available in the APUS Online Library, link also provided in the classroom Lessons section.
Author: Neusner, Jacob
Publication Info: Taylor & Francis Group
ISBN: 9780415401760
Book Title: No God but God, updated - the e-book is available in the APUS Online Library, link also provided in the classroom Lessons section.
Author: Aslan
Publication Info: Random House Publishing Group
ISBN: 9780812982442

Book Title:No God but God, updated - the e-book is available in the APUS Online Library, link also provided in the classroom Lessons section.
ISBN:9780812982442
Publication Info:Random House Publishing Group
Author:Aslan
Unit Cost:$12.53
Book Title:A History of God: The 4,000 Year Quest for Judaism, Christianity & Islam - The e-book is available in the APUS Online Library, link also provided in the classroom Lessons section.
ISBN:9780345384560
Author:Armstrong, K.
Unit Cost:$12.53
Book Title:Judaism: The Basics- E-book available in the APUS Online Library, link also provided in the classroom Lessons section.
ISBN:9780415401760
Author:Neusner, Jacob
Unit Cost:$23.34

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.