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REL 290

Topics in Religion

Topics such as religious phenomena, e.g., Millenialism, religious ethics and historical religious figures and movements. May be repeated for credit with different topics.

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
1 course

Spring Semester information

Leslie James

290A: Tps:Malcolm and Martin: A Religious Interpretation

The course explores the religious dimensions in the life, philosophy, and work, of these two iconic figures, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr., whose lives were deeply embedded in the soil of religion, the modern civil rights movement, and the African American struggle for community and democracy in America and beyond. It draws on primary and secondary source materials to emphasize the power of religion in Malcolm and Martin's personal development, consciousness, constructions of self and society. In addition, it foregrounds the effects of their religious commitments on their environment, families, the global black struggle for emancipation, location between chaos and community, interrogations of contemporary society, visions of a more inclusive America and world, and legacy.