Course Title : History of Religions
Code Course
Credits ECTS
ISC 332-1 A 6 4 0 0 4.00 4
Lecturer and Office Hours
Teaching Assistant and Office Hours
Language English, Turkish
Course Level
Description Course Content shall include analysis of the six major religious traditions of the world - Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Other topics are not limited to the following: common elements of religions as common terms and glossary of religions; the historical development of abovementioned world religions; religious doctrines (The fundemental tenets), the articles of faith, founders, rituals, stages of life and sects; doctrinal relationships as inter-religion differences, cultural variations and geographic variations; the impact of religion as the nature of religious belief; psychological effects of religion of believers, social impact of religions.
Objectives The research methods used in the science of the history of religions and the question of their origin. Explaining the birth of religions in history, their development and transformation. To learn the details of Jewish religions, Christian and Islamic.
Course Outline
1Analysis of terms religion and history. Discussions about the origin of religions and important theories
2Definitions of the History of Religions, thematic and methods. The topic of classification of religions: monotheists, traditional, national and universal.
3The common days of religions: God, answers given to fundamental answers of humanity
4Common points of religions: Worshipping, holy places and objects.
5Common points and terms of religions
6Holy texts of Hinduism, perception of God in Hinduism and the system of casts
7Worshipping and holy places in Hinduism
8Midterm Exam
9The life and the principles of Gotama Buda, holy texts of Buddhism and their bases of belief,
10Introduction in Buddhism: Jewish terms, ibran, musevi and Israel.
11The history of Judaism: Biblical periods, the formation of Judaism Rabbinic, Medieval Judaism, Modern Judaism
12Judaism in Kuran and Hadith. The holy days and Jewish fests
13Introduction in Christianity. Bible and Jesus (a.s). History of Christianity I: Early Christianity. History of Christianity II. Medieval Christianity, Relationship between Christianity and Islamism. The history of Christianity III. The development of the period of reforms
14The bases of Christian belief; Trinity, Christology and Advices
15Christianis in Kur’an and Hadith.
16Final Exam
Other References
Laboratory Work
Computer Usage
Learning Outcomes and Competences
1The student understand Judaism and Buddhism as a religious tradition, their history, rituals and general tradition
2The student gains general knowledge about the bases of the Jewish belief, worship and its history. He knows the backstage of the relationships between the Judaism and Islam
3Learns the main points of the history of Christianity, origin and learns how is described Hz Isa in Bible
Course Evaluation Methods
In-term studies Quantity Percentage
Term Projects00
Contribution of in-term studies to overall grade50
Contribution of final examination to overall grade50
ECTS (Allocated Based on Student) Workload
Activities Quantity Duration
Total Workload
Course Duration (Including the exam week : 16 x Total course hours) 16464
Hours for off-the-classroom study (Pre-study, practice) 14114
Assignments 100
Midterms 11010
Final examination 11212
Other 000
Total Work Load 100
Total Work Load / 25 (hours) 4

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