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2021-2022 Catalog

REL 303 Lived Religion in Context: Ethnographies of Africa and Asia

This seminar will explore contemporary religious experience and practice in Africa and Asia. We will critically analyze the relationship between global, social, and economic processes that fall under the rubrics of "globalization" or "modernity" and local religious phenomena like spirit possession, occult anxieties and related violence, as well as the proliferation of Pentecostalism and prosperity theologies (the belief that financial blessings are the will of god). [W]