The Religions of Abraham: Sources of Peace and Conflict
At a time of heightened concern about conflict among Muslims, Jews, and Christians, the University of Virginia Department of Religious Studies offers one of the world’s primary undergraduate/ graduate programs in Abrahamic religious traditions. Now you can join this program’s staff for a special twoweek
summer course introducing you to the Abrahamic religions and their capacities for peace as well as conflict.
This is a rare opportunity.
June 11 - June 22, 2012
Course meets on-Grounds at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville
10:00 - 12:00 and 1:00 to 3:00
Full time participation in “The Music of Scripture: The 2012 Scriptural Reasoning Training Tour” through western Virginia: University of Virginia (June 17-18); Eastern Mennonite University (June 19-20); George Mason University (June 21-22).
RELG 3444: The Religions of Abraham: Sources of Peace and Conflict3-Credits
What are the religions of Abraham? Are they bound for peace or conflict? This course introduces students to the scriptural sources and medieval to modern practices of Islam, Christianity, and Judaism. During Week I of the course, students will explore the key historical narratives from the Qur’an, the Hebrew Bible, and the New Testament (all in translation). Students will look at the role that scriptures play in people’s lives and consider one major “hot spot” of inter-Abrahamic conflict. We will ask what role the scriptural traditions have in such conflict and what role that they may surprisingly have in peace. During Week II, students will participate in a “scriptural reasoning training session,” meeting for two days each at UVA, Eastern Mennonite U, and George Mason U. Participants from around the nation and from local Virginia communities will join students in inter-Abrahamic scriptural study sessions, for lectures on music, religion and peace and for concerts. Classes will be led by teachers from all three universities. The noted, University of Haifa composer, Oded Zehavi will compose classical pieces specifically for these sessions. This is a 3-credit, two week course.
Peter Ochs, Professor
University of Virginia Department of Religious Studies
and staff (teaching from the three perspectives of Judaism, Islam, and Christianity)
Total Tuition and Fees
|Tuition||$308 per Credit||
Non Virginia Resident
|Tuition||$1,075.00 per Credit||
|Non-Virginia Total Costs||