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REL 86 — A Comparative Study of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam: The Legacy of Abraham

Quarter: Winter
Day(s): Tuesdays
Course Format: On-campus
Duration: 10 weeks
Date(s): Jan 16—Mar 20
Time: 7:00—8:50 pm
Drop Deadline: Jan 29
Units: 2
Tuition: $460
Instructor(s): Patricia Nabti
Status: Open
7:00—8:50 pm
Jan 16—Mar 20
10 weeks
Drop By
Jan 29
2 Units
Patricia Nabti
The Western world has long acknowledged the interconnectedness of Judaism and Christianity through the biblical patriarch Abraham, as reflected in the usage of the term “Judeo-Christian.” But doing so fails to recognize the significance of Abraham’s first son Ishmael/Ismail and the historical and spiritual interconnectedness among all three of the main Abrahamic faiths that together comprise a Judeo-Christian-Islamic tradition.

This course will discuss topics from the most spiritual to the most mundane through the framework of our primary text, Why Can’t They Get Along?: A Conversation Between a Muslim, a Jew and a Christian. We will examine each religion’s concept of God, sacred texts, basic beliefs, and forms of worship. We will also explore issues of unity and diversity within each religion and the experiences of their adherents while living as majorities and minorities.

In addition to the primary text, students will read from a weekly list of online articles related to that week’s topics and will be encouraged to attend at least one worship service for each of these religions. Our class discussions will benefit from the diversity of religious experiences of students in the class, and we will have a guest speaker from each religion.

Patricia Nabti, Cultural Anthropologist

Patricia Nabti’s academic focus is the Middle East/North Africa (MENA) region, which encompasses the holy lands of the three Abrahamic religions. She has taught at Stanford and the American University of Beirut, and has lectured for many Stanford Travel/Study trips. She provides consulting on all aspects of volunteerism through her Learning to CARE Institute and is the executive director of Volunteer for Lebanon. She received a PhD in cultural anthropology from UC Berkeley.

Textbooks for this course:

(Required) Dan Cohn-Sherbok, Daewoud El-Alami, George Chryssides, Why Can't They Get Along?: A Trialogue Between a Muslim, a Jew and a Christian (ISBN 9780745956053)