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  1. WEEK 1: Overview of Judaism & Islam 3 items
    This week we will have a brief run through of Judaism and Islam to ground the following 2 sessions. We will examine the history of both traditions, the differences between these traditions, and start thinking about gender and ritual in each of them in preparation for the following weeks. Please come to class prepared to discuss stereotypes and prejudices of Jews and Muslims, Judaism and Islam, many of which, we will lay to rest.
    1. Required reading 2 items
      1. Judaism - S Kunin

        Chapter Essential

      2. Islam - D Waines

        Chapter Essential

    2. Further Reading 1 item
      1. Judaism and Islam in practice: a sourcebook - Jacob Neusner, Tamara Sonn, Jonathan E. Brockopp 2000

        Book Recommended

  2. WEEK 2: Gender Theory Overview 3 items
    This week we will explore gender theory and its application in the study of religion. The theory will ground our explorations of gender issues in Judaism and Islam in the following weeks which will inform the first of your 2 assessments. We will think around issues such as waves of feminism, the role of Christianity in forming perspectives on gender in the West, and religions that buck the traditional patriarchal trend of male domination. Come prepared to discuss your thoughts on each of these readings.
    1. Required Reading 3 items
      1. Gender (Chapter 4 of Religion: the basics)

        Chapter Essential Please note; if you are a Semester 2 only student you must also do the Nye reading for this session

  3. WEEK 3: Gender in Judaism 4 items
    In this session, we will explore the topic of gender in Judaism. This will include examining women’s role in public prayer and the Torah, lifecycles and purity, and modesty through the medium of dress.
    1. Required Reading 2 items
    2. Further Reading 2 items
      1. Chapter 3, Judaism

        Chapter Recommended

  4. WEEK 4: Gender in Islam 4 items
    In this session we will explore the topic of gender in Islam. This will include examining the historical context of women in Islam, women’s role in public prayer and in the Koran, and modesty through the medium of dress. Once more, your notes from S1 on Gender theory will be helpful to reacquaint yourself with.
    1. Required Reading 2 items
    2. Further Reading 2 items
      1. Chapter 5, Islam

        Chapter Recommended

  5. WEEK 5: Assessment 1 tutorial 1 item
    In part 1 of this week’s class we will think through some academic skills and ensure you are confident with referencing and writing a bibliography. You will bring into class a list of some of the issues with a mock essay you will have been given in week 4; we will share these in small groups. In part 2 you will start on an essay plan for your Formative submission
    1. Page Islam: Scholars agree that ‘Islam addresses men and women equally pertaining to issues of faith’ (Sidani 2005) Judaism: ‘gender inequality continues to exist throughout Jewish life’ NB: If you write on Islam for this Critical Reflection, then you... click to read more
  6. WEEK 6: Ritual Theory overview 2 items
    This week we will explore ritual theory and its application in the study of religion. The theory will ground our explorations of specific rituals in Judaism and Islam in the future weeks. Please come to class with a brief summary of each of the readings and we will discuss in groups what the differences might be between a ritual and a religious ritual. We will also consider different types of religious ritual.
    1. Required Reading 2 items
  7. WEEK 7 (STUDENT ENRICHMENT WEEK) 1 item
    1. Please use this week to catch up on any missed reading, and to go over the gender and ritual theories from S1. All of this will be required for your final assessment. Whilst going over this material, do have an eye on your essay – maybe make notes specific to your chosen essay title, possibly even start writing.

  8. WEEK 8: Ritual in Judaism (Purim) 2 items
    This week we will think about ritual in Judaism and explore the ritual of Purim. For the Haredi Jewish communities Purim is a particularly special time marked by specific rituals. By exploring this ritual, we can start to see how the theory from S1 can be applied to specific case studies; Hajj being another that is explored in week 6. Please do look back over your ritual theory notes from S1.
    1. Required Reading 2 items
  9. WEEK 9: Ritual in Islam (Hajj) 2 items
    This week we will explore the many rituals involved in Hajj. The Hajj ritual connects pilgrims with the origins stories of Islam and at the same time confirms the believer’s identity. It also brings together and momentarily unifies Muslims from otherwise diverse geographical and cultural backgrounds. This session will examine the stories, symbols and meanings associated with this major pilgrimage tradition, and explore the ways in which the study of this ritual offers us important insights into how religion is ‘performed’ through ritual observance. Your notes on Ritual Theory from S1 will prove useful here.
    1. Required Reading 2 items
  10. WEEK 10: Assessment 2 Tutorials 1 item
    1. This week we will go over areas of concern students might have with their second assessment; please draw on your week 9 task to inform this. Note 3 things that you would like to have clarified – we will focus on the 3 most common problems the class identifies.
      Bring into class an essay plan for your second assessment; be prepared to share this with your peers and discuss this with the tutor in small groups.

                         

       

  11. WEEK 11: Judaism in Culture 4 items
    This week please bring into class something on Judaism that you have found in popular culture that you can talk about. This can be a newspaper or magazine article, a review of a TV show/episode or relevant character, or even an artefact (a form of material culture) – a real one or something from a museum or website. When talking about this you will need to be able to put the source into context – The Daily Mail for instance writes about things differently from The Guardian, how the religions play out in the US is different from the UK and this is reflected in their presentations in these countries or in say TV programmes from these countries. Do remember to check out BoB through the library
    1. This week you are also required to consider reception theory; are we really passive consumers or might we consider the sources of our information?

    2. 30 mins will be put aside for assessment discussions; please bring your questions and queries to class – this will be a class discussion as whatever your question, doubtless many of your classmates will have the same question in their mind ;o)

    3. Required Reading 2 items
  12. WEEK 12: Islam in Culture 1 item
    As above although in relation to Islam. When thinking about how we receive our information (touched on in week 11), we also need to think about the effects of this information. As such there is no reading for this week – you will be working on your assessment) but please find something on the effects of stereotyping to inform our discussions. Again 30 mins will be set aside for last minute assessment related questions and queries
    1. NO SET READING

  13. Further Reading; Religion and the Media 6 items
    1. These 2 books have many useful chapters and are worth checking out but do think about which genre of media you are exploring

    2. The Bloomsbury companion to religion and film - William L. Blizek c2013

      Book Recommended

    3. Religion, media and culture: a reader - Gordon Lynch, Jolyon P. Mitchell, Anna Strhan 2012

      Book Recommended

  14. Further Reading; Religion and Material Culture 5 items
    1. Toying with God: the world of religious games and dolls - Nikki Bado-Fralick, Rebecca Sachs Norris c2010

      Book Recommended

    2. Religion and material culture: the matter of belief - David Morgan 2009

      Book Recommended

  15. Indicative Bibliography 25 items
    1. Guide to the study of religion - Willi Braun, Russell T. McCutcheon 2000

      Book Recommended

    2. Buddhism - Denise Cush 1994

      Book Recommended

    3. The study of religion: an introduction to key ideas and methods - George D. Chryssides, Ron Geaves 2014

      Book Recommended

    4. Darsan: seeing the divine image in India - Diana L. Eck c1998

      Book Recommended

    5. The Routledge companion to the study of religion - John R. Hinnells 2009 (electronic resource)

      Book Recommended

    6. Encyclopedia of Buddhism - Damien Keown, Charles S. Prebish 2009

      Book Recommended

    7. Hindus: their religious beliefs and practices - Julius Lipner c2010

      Book Recommended

    8. The insider/outsider problem in the study of religion: a reader - Russell T. McCutcheon 1999

      Book Recommended

    9. Buddhism in the modern world - David L. McMahan c2012 (electronic resource)

      Book Recommended

    10. Religion: the basics - Malory Nye 2008 (electronic resource)

      Book Recommended

    11. Introducing Hinduism - Hillary Rodrigues 2016

      Book Recommended

    12. Thinking about religion: a reader - Ivan Strenski 2006

      Book Recommended

    13. Chapter 1 of Women and Religious Traditions - Pamela Young, Leona Anderson

      Chapter Recommended

  16. General Reading 19 items
    1. pp. 50-53 & Chapter 12 Chapter of Introducing Hinduism

      Chapter Background

    2. Judaism and Islam in practice: a sourcebook - Jacob Neusner, Tamara Sonn, Jonathan E. Brockopp 2000

      Book Recommended

    3. Hindusim - G Flood

      Chapter Background

    4. Hinduism - D Smith

      Chapter Background

    5. Hindu ritual and society - Dermot Killingley, Werner Menski, Shirley Firth 1991

      Book Background

    6. Chapter 4. Chapter of Introducing Hinduism

      Chapter Background

    7. Women in Buddhist Traditions - E Neumaier

      Chapter Background