Religion & Race in the Modern World

Explores the intersections of race and religion in the modern world, alongside a brief examination of possible racialization in the medieval period. As contemporary theorists of race and religion have demonstrated, religion serves as a means of racializing various human groupings, producing understandings of “peoplehood” with the goal of categorizing and marginalizing particular communities within the social body. This course exposes students to competing definitions of race and the ways in which race and religion co-constitute one another both historically and contemporarily. Diverse historical and cultural moments will be examined, including but not limited to, European colonial expansion, transatlantic slavery, nineteenth-century U.S. American understandings of race in relation to the Bible, and the racialization of Islam in contemporary U.S. culture and politics. Meets the Critical Learning: HP requirement. Meets the Equity and Power: EPG requirement.

Prerequisite: Race, Ethnicity, and Migration 185, Race, Ethnicity, and Migration 212, or relevant coursework in RE or RM, with consent of instructor.

Degree requirement — Critical Learning: HP, Equity and Power: EPG

1 unit — Hunt


Term Block Title Instructor Location Student Limit/Available Updated
Spring 2023 Block 8 Religion & Race in the Modern World Christopher Hunt TBA 25 / 17 03/28/2023
Spring 2024 Block 7 Religion & Race in the Modern World Christopher Hunt TBA 25 / 25 03/28/2023
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