Taught course (will run subject to approval)

Religion and Pluralism, Ancient & Modern

Institution
University of Groningen · University of Groningen
Qualifications
MA

Entry requirements

Bachelor's degree in Theology, Religious Studies, Arts (e.g. International Organizations, Middle Eastern Studies, Philosophy), Political Sciences or Social Sciences (e.g. Anthropology, Psychology, Sociology). Depending on your former study and courses a reading package will be provided. We assume that you are aware of the concepts and theoretical discussions outlined in this literature.

Students with another bachelor degree may be admitted via a bridging programme.

Months of entry

September

Course content

How did the ancient Romans view religious-political differences? How did ancient Jewish, Christian, and Muslim authorities use authoritative texts? What potential for pluralism exists in modern monotheisms and secularisms?

Tension between group solidarity and productive relations with ' others' has been part of human history for as long as evidence exists. In Europe it has played out most enduringly in relations among the monotheistic religions: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Today, in the face of mass migration from Muslim regions, questions of political identity and belonging remain bound up with religious affiliation. This one-year degree programme focuses on relations between Jews, Christians and Muslims in the antique world and how these relations have formed our modern society. We will explore concepts as religious pluralism, politics, and their many interfaces globally in particular.

In this track within the Master's Programme in Theology & Religious Studies, you will:

  • examine the literary sources of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam in a historically informed way in order to bring critical perspectives to modern interpretations;
  • identify continuing issues in Jewish, Christian, and Islamic self-definition, toleration of difference, and exclusionary or conversionist tendencies;
  • map a range of ancient possibilities for coexistence or conviviality and their opposites under changing conditions.

Information for international students

The courses are taught in English. Immediately after arrival, international students will be allocated a mentor who will help them get to know the Faculty. For more information, see the webpage or contact our International Office: thrs.prospectives@rug.nl

Students with another bachelor degree may be A (English) language test is only important if you do not have a VWO-diploma. Minimum requirements: TOEFL 580 paper/237 computer/92 internet or IELTS: 6.5 (6.0 on each part)admitted via a bridging programme.

Fees and funding

International students
EU €2,060 Non-EU: €11,400

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Qualification and course duration

MA

full time
12 months

Course contact details

Name
Prospectives Team University of Groningen
Email
prospectives@rug.nl