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Fall 2017-2018
HIS 555 / HLS 555   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Monotheism and Society from Constantine to Harun al-Rashid

Jack B. Tannous

The goal of this seminar will be to introduce students to some of the most important ideas and debates surrounding the two major religious revolutions of Late Antiquity: the triumph of Christianity and the subsequent emergence and world conquests of Islam. The course will focus on extensive reading in both primary and secondary literature and students will be introduced to and trained in using major instrumenta studiorum for this period; texts may also be read in Greek, Syriac, and Arabic. No prior knowledge of Late Antiquity, Christianity, or Islam will be assumed.

Sample reading list:
Eusebius, Martyrs of Palestine
Benedicta Ward, The Lives of the Desert Fathers
Cyril of Scythopolis, Lives of the Monks of Palestine
Theodoret, A History of the Monks of Syria
The Qur'an
al-Tabari, Ta 'rikh
See instructor for complete list

Requirements/Grading:
Papers - 75%
Oral Presentation(s) - 25%

Other Requirements:
Open to Graduate Students Only.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
23679 S01 9:00 am - 11:50 am T        Enrolled:0 Limit:0 Canceled