History of Religions: The World Religions

The purpose of the course is to increase students’ understanding of the basic contents, expressions, and social functions of world religions, i.e. Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddism, and, to a lesser extent, other religions in Asia. In addition, the course aims at conveying a phenomenological perspective, by singling out and comparing general religious phenomena.

At the end of the course, the student is expected to be able to:

  • be able to account for the basic tenets and character of world religions
  • display general knowledge of world religions so that they are able to analyse similarities and differences between them
  • demonstrate an understanding of the difference between the idiosyncratic essence of a particular religion and/or religious phenomenon, and common traits of religious phenomena.

Reservation för revidering av litteraturen.

Esposito, John L., 2016. Islam the Straight Path. Fifth Edition. Oxford, UK and New York, NY: Oxford University Press, pp. 1-193 (193 pp.).

Neusner, Jacob & Avery-Peck, Alan J. (ed.), 2003. The Blackwell Companion to Judaism. Malden, MA & Oxford, UK & Carlton, Victoria (Aust.): Blackwell Publishing, pp. 1–77; 93111; 131–179; 193–285 (239 pp).

Gwynne, Paul, 2017. The World Religions in Practice. A Comparative Introduction. Malden, MA & Oxford, UK: Blackwell Publishing (384 pp.).

Different source texts in translation may be added.

Kurslitteraturen reviderades senast 20 oktober 2020.

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Öppna schemat

Adriana Bara




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  • Hemtentamen
  • Salstentamen
  • Seminarier

General requirements for university studies

Completion of a course requires a minimum of 80% attendance at lectures and 100% attendance at seminars/group work and other assignments. Absence beyond that can be compensated by supplementing assignment(s) if the instructor finds it possible. In case of an absence of 50% or more, the course is considered as interrupted, even if assignments have been completed.

If a student due to disability has a decision from the EHS on special pedagogical support, the examiner shall, if necessary, adapt the examination and conduct the examination in an alternative way.

Fastställd av Ämnesföreträdarkollegiet vid Enskilda Högskolan Stockholm den 23 januari 2019.