Netherlands, Utrecht

Migrating Religions

when 24 July 2017 - 4 August 2017
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 3.5 EC
fee EUR 1070

When people move, their gods move with them. In this course you will discover how the transition of religious groups from one location to another changed history.

By investigating case-studies from the ancient world up to the early modern period, you will learn about the political, economic, and social aspects of religions in transit, but also, not less importantly, about the cultural and artistic impact these migrations had on the world as we know it. Some of the questions we will explore are: Which gods were born when the Greeks colonized Egypt? How could a minor religious group (later known as Christianity) change the faith of the Roman Empire? How did the Islamic migration to Iberia create some amazing assets of European civilization? What have the Crusaders brought to the Middle East, and what have they taken back to Europe? How has Catholicism blended with the indigenous religions of the Americas, and which strange saint was born as a result? Lastly, what can these fascinating histories teach us about the changing world we experience today?

The course will include two excursions:
1. a day-long excursion to the impressive National Museum of Antiquities in Leiden.
2. an afternoon excursion to the Catharijneconvent Museum of Christian Religious Art in Utrecht.

Course leader

Ortal-Paz Saar

Target group

The course is meant for Advanced Bachelor and Master students, with an interest in one of the following: history (particularly, but not only, ancient history, medieval history and political history), art history, religious studies and theology. Additionally, students of political sciences and international relations will find the historical overview of migration provided by this course highly relevant to their own contemporary queries.

Course aim

The course aims to introduce students to the phenomenon of migration from a religious and cultural perspective. The main question to be explored is: what happens when one religious group migrates to a new geographical region?

Credits info

3.5 EC
Certificate of Attendance

Fee info

EUR 1070: Course + course materials + housing
EUR 720: Course + course materials


Utrecht Summer School doesn't offer scholarships for this course.

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