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The Bible played a fundamental role in varied ways in the formation of the intellectual (and also material) culture of the Middle Ages. The “language and the logic of the Bible” shaped (to different degrees) the form of the church as an institution, her legal system, the liturgy, the sermons, iconography, theology,...
Instructor: György Geréby
Credits: 2.0
The course addresses the main issues in the development of Christianity in the first five centuries, starting as a small movement within Judaism in Palestine and developing over centuries and through various inner and outer conflicts into the dominant religion of the Mediterranean, identifying with the cause of her...
Credits: 4.0
Credits: 4.0 (with tutorial), 2.0 (without tutorial)TA: Dan KnoxThis class, with its associated readings and tutorial, will introduce students to recent developments in the study of the late antique eastern Mediterranean. These developments have revised the periodisation, historiography, interpretation, and...
Instructor: Volker Menze
Credits: 4.0
The course will try to give an overview of the history of the Holy Roman Empire in the period between 900 and 1400 A.D. The course will cover the most important political events as well as the legal, social, economic and structural developments. It will also discuss the concepts of the “Holy Roman Empire”, the...
Instructor: Daniel Ziemann, Teaching Assistant: Iliana Kandzha
Credits: 4.0
Medieval art is discussed traditionally in its stylistic or iconographical framework. However, the majority of medieval historic monuments and works of art were prepared primarily with special goals. Thus a real understanding of many of the great pieces of art cannot be imagined without the knowledge of their original...
Instructor: Béla Zsolt Szakács
Credits: 4.0
This course aims to introduce students to issues that arise in discussions pertaining to state and religion, their connections, intersections, concordances and distinctions, following a discussion of why the issue of religion-state relations arises, and under what circumstances. The approach adopted is intended to...
Instructor: Aziz Al-Azmeh
Credits: 2.0
The recent scholarly interest in communication processes and media has opened new approaches to the ways in which the so-called book religions have placed supreme authority in a certain canonic text, considered to be the unfallibly truthful message of the divinity. Sanctified by its long-duration transmission, the...
Instructor: Carsten L. Wilke
Credits: 2.0
Anthropology is the science of humans. Anthropology of religion observes and interprets the phenomenon 'religion' in social and cultural context. Historical anthropology of religion focuses on the beginnings of this approach started in the 19th century. Although the course concentrates mainly on the beginnings, we...
Instructor: András Máté-Tóth
Credits: 2.0
We will look at some of the major arguments for the existence of God, in both their historical forms, and in the more modern versions. This will include especially the ontological argument, the first cause argument, and the argument from design. Then we will move on to consider some of the properties traditionally...
Instructor: Howard Robinson
Credits: 2.0
Medieval political thought is usually characterised by the opposition of Church and Empire, or the Pope and the secular ruler. The course will look at the development of these ideas from early Christianity’s conflict with the Roman Empire through the “Constantinian turn,” and then its ramifications into what is...
Instructor: György Geréby
Credits: 2.0
Recent research in Jewish cultural history, following post-modernist or situational perspectives, has voiced strong objections against any essential definition of Jewishness. In Judaism, with its characteristic absence of a central authority, religious and cultural norms indeed presented themselves often as matters of...
Instructor: Carsten L. Wilke
Credits: 2.0
This course concerns the metaphysical implications of the concept of God at the center of traditional, Western philosophical theology. According to this concept God possesses essentially various perfections in their highest degree, e.g., omnipotence, omniscience, absolute independence, necessary existence. Moreover,...
Instructor: Mike Griffin
Credits: 2.0
This seminar offers a combination of in-depth reading of selected classic texts elaborating central concepts in the study of religion, and approaching themes relevant to the specific research interests of seminar participants. In an effort to bring into discussion students of pre-modern and modern periods from...
Instructor: Nadia Al-Bagdadi
Credits: 2.0
RELI 6002 CEU University-Wide Doctoral Seminar: Reason, Unreason and Nature in ReligionInstructor: Aziz Al-Azmeh (Department of History and Center for Religious Studies)Host Department: Center for Religious StudiesCross listed: History, Philosophy, Sociology, Cognitive SciencesCredits: 2 creditsStatus: Elective;...
Instructor: Aziz Al-Azmeh
Credits: 2.0
The course is giving an overview of recent research and source publications on this topic. We will examine both medieval and early modern theories on “superstition”, “magic”, demonology, and modern explanations thereof: scapegoating, nightmares, panic, witch hunting. Historical sources will include manuals of ritual...
Instructor: Gábor Klaniczay
Credits: 2.0