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University Bulletin: Graduate Programs The George Washington University  



University Professor S.H. Nasr

Professors D.D. Wallace, Jr., A.J. Hiltebeitel, P.B. Duff, R.J. Eisen (Chair)

Associate Professors X. Kang, D. Malone-France, I. Oh Koukios, K. Pemberton

Assistant Professor E. Aviv

Master of Arts in the field of Hinduism and Islam—Through its Department of Religion, GW participates in this Consortium of Universities program. The degree requires 36 credit hours, of which a majority must be taken at GW. Candidates must meet the general requirements of Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, including the Master’s Comprehensive Examination. Complete information on the program is available from the Department of Religion.

Doctor of Philosophy in the field of American religious history—See History.

With permission, a limited number of upper-division undergraduate courses in the department may be taken for graduate credit; additional course work is required. See the Undergraduate Programs Bulletin for course listings.

6201 Special Topics in Religion (3) Staff
  May be repeated for credit provided the topic differs.
6460 Topics in the Study of Islam (3) Nasr
  Study of sources and approaches to the investigation of Islam by both Western Islamicists and Muslim scholars, with discussion of the main controversial issues and differences in methods used by various schools of scholarship. Prerequisite: A course on Islam or permission of instructor.
6461 Topics in Islamic Thought (3) Nasr
  Perennial major issues in Islamic theology, philosophy, and Sufism such as Divine Unity, prophetology, eschatology, religious knowledge, sacred law, and ethics. Prerequisite: A course on Islam or permission of instructor.
6511 Currents of Modern Hinduism (3) Hiltebeitel
  Hinduism since the early seventeenth century. Colonialism, the impact of missionaries, orientalism, reform, relations between Brahmanical and popular Hinduism, Sanskritic and vernacular traditions, regionalism, communalism, nationalism, fundamentalism, politicized “syndicated” Hinduism, and secularism.
6557 India’s Great Epics (3) Hiltebeitel
  The Mahabharata and the Ramayana are treated in alternate offerings of the course. These founding epic texts of devotional (bhakti) Hinduism are taught in English translation. Vernacular and performative versions of the epics and Western adaptations.
6771 American Religion to 1830 (3) Wallace
  Religious thought and life during the Colonial and early National periods.
6773 American Religion Since 1830 (3) Wallace
  Religious thought and life from the Civil War to the present.
6911 Myth, Ritual, and Language (3) Hiltebeitel
  Method and theory in the interpretation of myth and narrative, ritual and sacrifice, and symbolism, with primary reference to the history of religions.
6997 Readings and Research (3-3) Staff
  Investigation of special problems.
6998-99 Thesis Research (3-3)

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