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Heirs to Forgotten Kingdoms

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ClassGraphic We are aware that many species of flora and fauna are becoming extinct. We may be aware that hundreds of languages are dying every day, but we are probably not aware that hundreds of religions all over the world are disappearing also. This is certainly the situation in today’s Middle East. In this course we will become acquainted with Yazidism, Samaritanism, Mandeanism, and the Zorosastrians/Parsis — all endangered religions stemming from the Middle East. We will also cover some larger but lesser known religious groups: the Druze, the Christian Copts of Egypt, and the Baha’i. With the exception of Baha’ism, all these religions go back at least a millennium and several have their roots in a time before the Common Era.  In this study group we will discover some of the Zoroastrian sources of Heaven and Hell, why the Yazidis have been called Devil worshippers, how the Copts differ from Western Christianity and Eastern Orthodoxy, and how the Druze can be viewed as practitioners of a “secret” religion. Our primary guide through wildly differing faiths will be Gerard Russel’s Heirs to Forgotten Kingdoms: Journeys into the Disappearing Religions of the Middle East (New York, 2014: Basic Books).We are aware that many species of flora and fauna are becoming extinct. We may be aware that hundreds of languages are dying every day, but we are probably not aware that hundreds of religions all over the world are disappearing also. This is certainly the situation in today’s Middle East. In this course we will become acquainted with Yazidism, Samaritanism, Mandeanism, and the Zorosastrians/Parsis — all endangered religions stemming from the Middle East. We will also cover some larger but lesser known religious groups: the Druze, the Christian Copts of Egypt, and the Baha’i. With the exception of Baha’ism, all these religions go back at least a millennium and several have their roots in a time before the Common Era.  In this study group we will discover some of the Zoroastrian sources of Heaven and Hell, why the Yazidis have been called Devil worshippers, how the Copts differ from Western Christianity and Eastern Orthodoxy, and how the Druze can be viewed as practitioners of a “secret” religion. Our primary guide through wildly differing faiths will be Gerard Russel’s Heirs to Forgotten Kingdoms: Journeys into the Disappearing Religions of the Middle East (New York, 2014: Basic Books).

Class Details

14 Sessions
Weekly - Mon

Location
Wieboldt Hall

Instructor
MultipleInstructor :
1.Kamal Ibrahim2.Howard I. Aronson 

Tuition: 

$0.00


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Schedule Information

Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s)
9/13/2021 - 12/13/2021 Weekly - Mon 9:45 AM - 11:45 AM Chicago, Wieboldt Hall  Map Howard I. Aronson  ; Kamal Ibrahim 
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