Religious Traditions of The Middle East

Code: LH41505

Dates: October 13 - November 17, 2022

Meets: 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Sessions: 6

Location: ONLINE

Course Fee: $89.00

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Understanding the modern Middle East is almost impossible without first developing an appreciation for the importance of its diverse religious traditions and the role that religion has played in the development of the region since antiquity. Examine the many ways that religion has functioned in Middle Eastern societies, beginning with ancient, pre-Islamic practices, such as the Zoroastrian religion of the Persian Empire, the development of Judaism among the ancient Israelites, and the spread of Christianity in the eastern Roman Empire. Conclude by looking closely at the many ways religion is practiced in the Middle East today and the many complexities and challenges faced by its people.
Fee: $89.00

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Yasemin Akis

Yasemin Akis is a professor at the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at Villanova University and a part time faculty member at The Middle East Center at the University of Pennsylvania. She completed her Ph.D in Philosophy in 2014 at Mugla Sitki Kocman University, Turkey. Since then, she has taught philosophy and theology courses at the undergraduate, advanced undergraduate, and graduate levels both in Turkey and in the United States. As postdoctoral research, she decided to work on Sufism, Islamic mysticism to expand her knowledge in the area of Philosophy of Religion and world religions. She has been teaching “Wisdom of Sufism” and “The Religious Traditions of Middle East” at Villanova University since 2017. Her research interests focus on existentialism, the relation of philosophy and religion and religious and mystical traditions of the Middle East. Her current research is on the Sufis of Anatolia.

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