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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
03/30/20 - 09/04/20 09/07/20 - 11/01/20 Summer 2020 Session D 8 Week session
05/25/20 - 10/30/20 11/02/20 - 12/27/20 Fall 2020 Session I 8 Week session
07/27/20 - 01/01/21 01/04/21 - 02/28/21 Winter 2021 Session B 8 Week session
09/28/20 - 02/26/21 03/01/21 - 04/25/21 Winter 2021 Session D 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.

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:
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:
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:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit http://apus.libguides.com/er.php to locate the course eReserve.*
ISBN:ERESERVE NOTE
Book Title:No God but God, updated - e-book available online, please visit http://apus.libguides.com/er.php to locate the course eReserve.
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 - A History of God: The 4,000 Year Quest for Judaism, Christianity & Islam -A History of God: The 4,000 Year Quest for Judaism, Christianity & Islam - e-book available online, please
ISBN:9780345384560
Author:Armstrong, K.
Unit Cost:$12.53
Book Title:Judaism: The Basics-e-book available online, please visit http://apus.libguides.com/er.php to locate the course eReserve.
ISBN:9780415401760
Author:Neusner, Jacob
Unit Cost:$23.34

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.