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Spring 2019
Dec 17, 2018
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THEO 380 - Religion & Globalization
This interdisciplinary graduate seminar, open to upper level undergraduates, will explore the interrelations between religion and globalization: how religions throughout history have served as carriers of processes of globalization and how patterns of globalization from the early modern era to our contemporary global age have transformed all religious traditions and have shaped the contemporary global system of world religions. The course will begin with an analysis of premodern or “archaic” patterns of globalization, taking the religions of the Silk Road as illustration. The bulk of the seminar sessions will be dedicated to a comparative analysis of three different phases of globalizations: (1) “the first globalization” before Western hegemony, that is, the early modern phase of global cultural and religious encounters from the 1500’s to the 1770’s. We will focus on the Jesuit global Catholic missions and their role as cultural brokers between East and West. (2) The modern Western hegemonic phase of globalization from “the birth of the modern world” in the 1780’s to the global crisis of Western hegemony in the 1960’s. We will focus on the global Protestant missions carried by the British and American empires and on the formation of a global system of religions under “secular” premises. (3) Our contemporary global age after Western hegemony. We will focus on the emergence of new transnational and transregional religious networks linked to transnational migrations, and on the formation of a system of global denominationalism or global ummah’s 

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: MN or MC Graduate, Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Seminar

Theology Department

Course Attributes:
SFS/IPOL Electives


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