RLG379H1: Religions of the Silk Road

Previous Course Number: 
RLG245H1
Hours: 
24L

An historical introduction to the religious traditions that flourished along the Silk Road, including Zoroastrianism, Manichaeism, Nestorian Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism and Islam. Drawing on a variety of sources (textual, archaeological, works of art), the course will focus on the spread and development of these traditions through the medieval period. Issues include cross-cultural exchange, religious syncretism, ethnic identity formation and so on. Emphasis will also be placed on religious and political events in modern Central Asia.

Prerequisite: 

Completion of 4.0 credits

Exclusion: 
Distribution Requirements: 
Humanities
Breadth Requirements: 
Thought, Belief and Behaviour (2)