Building Religious Literacy: Teaching on African and Middle Eastern Religions

Contributed By: Jill
Organizing Institution: Yale MacMillan Center for International Area Studies with PIER and the Councils on African Studies and Middle East Studies
Start Date: July 9, 2018
End Date: July 13, 2018
Cost: $180
Luce Hall Auditorium

34 Hillhouse Avenue
New Haven, Connecticut 06511 United States
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Popular representations of the religions of Africa and the Middle East often rely on generalizations and essentialist categories. But what are the actual manifestations of religious life in these regions and what are the pedagogical tools available to us in teaching them? Join us this summer as we consider the religions of Africa and the Middle East in all their diversity, complexity, and historical specificity. In an intensive five-day institute, leading scholars from across the country will offer sessions exploring this topic from a variety of disciplinary perspectives.

Participants will develop an appreciation for religious diversity, change over time, and cultural embeddedness across the religious traditions of Africa and the Middle East. The first four days of the institute will include interactive sessions with scholars and curriculum development sessions, as well as a visit to Yale’s regional collections. The final day of the institute will feature a field trip.

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