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10a. Japanese Religion and Spirituality
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Since ancient times, Japanese philosophers have pondered basic, unanswerable questions about their natural environment. The early Japanese believed that the world around them was inhabited by gods and spirits, from streaks of mist obscuring jagged mountain peaks to water cascading over secluded waterfalls. Almost every aspect of Japan's stunning natural beauty evoked a sense of awe and wonder among its people.

Subject:
Religious Studies
Ancient History
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Reading
Provider:
Independence Hall Association
Provider Set:
Ancient Civilizations
Date Added:
12/05/2014
Arabic History and Culture
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This webpage provides elementary information on aspects of Arab culture and history, including religion, politics, naming conventions, and Persian influence on Arab culture and language. The information seems to have been authored by the site's administrator, and contains no references or citations.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Languages
Religious Studies
World Cultures
Ancient History
Material Type:
Reading
Provider:
Individual Authors
Author:
Hani Deek
Date Added:
09/17/2013
Ataturk
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This Wide Angle video segment illustrates Islamic and secular elements of life in Turkey, and introduces Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the first president of Turkey, and his reforms.

Subject:
Religious Studies
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
PBS LearningMedia
Provider Set:
Teachers' Domain
Date Added:
02/16/2011
Augustine on the Goodness of All Things
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Augustine argues that everything that exists is good.  His argument is criticized, showing how arguments of the same form could show that completely blackened pans cannot exist and that God is an impossible object.   So, the paper shows how to paradoy an argument by giving parallel reasoning that yields absurd conclusions. 

Subject:
Philosophy
Religious Studies
Material Type:
Module
Author:
William Holly
Date Added:
11/23/2019
CFR Backgrounder: Al-Shabab
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The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) presents a backgrounder on Al-Shabab; an Islamist insurgent group that remains capable of carrying out massive attacks in Somalia and surrounding countries despite a decade-long African Union offensive against the Islamist group. CFR Backgrounders provide an in-depth analysis on current political and economic issues.

Subject:
Religious Studies
World Cultures
World History
Physical Geography
Cultural Geography
Political Science
Material Type:
Case Study
Lesson
Reading
Author:
Council on Foreign Relations
Date Added:
01/10/2018
CFR InfoGuide: The Sunni-Shia Divide
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The Council on Foreign Relation's (CFR) "The Sunni-Shia Divide" InfoGuide examines the roots and consequences of the divide between Sunni and Shia Muslims, including expert insight into the extremist groups behind today’s sectarian violence and related flashpoints that threaten international security. CFR InfoGuides are a multimedia series to promote understanding of complex foreign policy issues.

Subject:
Religious Studies
World Cultures
World History
Cultural Geography
Political Science
Material Type:
Assessment
Case Study
Interactive
Module
Reading
Author:
Council on Foreign Relations
Date Added:
12/06/2017
Christian Parables teaching resource
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Christian Parables is a resource for use by school teachers that has been developed as part of Dr Naomi Appleton and Dr Alison Jack’s project Approaching Religion Through Story at the University of Edinburgh School of Divinity.

Structured to meet Education Scotland’s Curriculum for Excellence standard for Religious Moral Education (RME), the resource is divided according to the three structuring principles of the experiences and outcomes for RME in Scotland: Beliefs, Values and Issues, and Practices and Traditions. Keywords are also provided to indicate the particular relevance of the story.

The file contains six parables in PDF format, sorted by the principles stated above, and an introduction to parables.

Resources provided as part of the project ‘Approaching Religion Through Story’ are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International Licence.

Subject:
Religious Studies
Material Type:
Full Course
Provider:
University of Edinburgh
Provider Set:
Open.Ed
Author:
Dr Alison Jack
Dr Naomi Appleton
Date Added:
07/06/2017
The Christian Roots of Europe
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For the most part recorded on site in places such as Subiaco, Montecassino, Assis, San Casciano, Florence and Rome in June of 2013, the documentary we present here was produced and then broadcasted by the State Television of Portugal on December 24, 2013 (RTP2) and January 2, 2014 (RTP1). The Program was produced for RTP1 by the Journalist Fátima Campos Ferreira and the Reporter of Image Carlos Oliveira under the scientific advice of João J. Vila-Chã, professor for Philosophy at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. The documentary was particularly enriched by the contribution of Professor Joseph Weiler, President of the European University Institute in Florence, and was edited by Alexandre Leandro, chief-editor at the RTP. Originally titled (in Portuguese) «O Triunfo do Espírito», the documentary was conceived as (a rather unusual form of) narrative about (the Idea of) Europe and out of the recognition that for the present as for the future of the world a confront remains unavoidable with the cultural and the religious dimension of the Idea of Europe as we know it through the media of our cultural (and philosophical) history. We are grateful to all the Institutions that in places such as Subiaco, Montecassino, Assis, Florence, San Casciano and Rome allowed the team sent by the RTP to Italy to realize the work as intended and so contributed in a decisive way to this particular (and somehow peculiar) narrative about the Idea of Europe.

Subject:
Religious Studies
History
Material Type:
Primary Source
Provider:
Pontifical Gregorian University
Date Added:
12/24/2013
Christian Terms in Arabic
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This site offers a brief list of words that relate to Christianity, including a number of terms that are specific to Christianity as it is practiced in the Middle East. Many of the words are accompanied by brief explanations of their significance. The glossary is preceded by a brief introduction.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Languages
Religious Studies
Material Type:
Reading
Provider:
Translation Directory
Author:
Wikipedia
Date Added:
10/14/2013
Colonial Religion
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This collection uses primary sources to explore religion during the Colonial period of US History. Digital Public Library of America Primary Source Sets are designed to help students develop their critical thinking skills and draw diverse material from libraries, archives, and museums across the United States. Each set includes an overview, ten to fifteen primary sources, links to related resources, and a teaching guide. These sets were created and reviewed by the teachers on the DPLA's Education Advisory Committee.

Subject:
Religious Studies
U.S. History
Material Type:
Primary Source
Provider:
Digital Public Library of America
Provider Set:
Primary Source Sets
Author:
Adena Barnette
Date Added:
01/20/2016
Conversations with History: Biblical Insights into the Problem of Suffering
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Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes biblical scholar Bart Ehrman for a discussion of his intellectual odyssey with a focus on how the Bible explains the problem of human suffering. The conversation includes a discussion of the challenges of biblical interpretation when confronting this age old problem of the human condition. Included are topics such as the contribution of the prophets, a comparison of the old and new testaments, the book of Job, and the emergence of apocalyptic writers. (57 minutes)

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Philosophy
Religious Studies
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
U.C. Berkeley
UCTV Teacher's Pet
Date Added:
07/28/2007
Conversations with History: Britain and America and the Making of the Modern World
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Conversations with History host Harry Kreisler welcomes Walter Russell Mead of the Council on Foreign Relations for a discussion of the Anglo American maritime system—its origins, development, and impact on the world. The conversation touches on the unique synergy between Protestant religion and capitalism, the consolidation of Anglo American power in the process of transforming the international system, the importance of culture in international politics, and the need for a dialogue of civilizations in the 21st century. (57 minutes)

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Religious Studies
World Cultures
World History
Political Science
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
U.C. Berkeley
UCTV Teacher's Pet
Date Added:
01/07/2007
Conversations with History: Ethics and Foreign Policy, with Father J. Bryan Hehir
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Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes Father J. Brian Hehir for a discussion of the role of religion in framing ethical issues in a nuclear age. (56 min)

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Philosophy
Religious Studies
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
U.C. Berkeley
UCTV Teacher's Pet
Date Added:
04/03/1991
Conversations with History: Globalization and Islam, with Olivier Roy
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Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes distinguished French political scientist Olivier Roy for a discussion of globalization’s impact on religion and culture. The conversation focuses on changes within Islam. They explore the balance of power between Islamists and neo fundamentalists, the dynamic propelling terrorism, and the appropriate response of the West to the challenges posed by the interaction between globalization and Islam. (54 minutes)

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Religious Studies
World Cultures
Political Science
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
U.C. Berkeley
UCTV Teacher's Pet
Date Added:
04/09/2007
Conversations with History: Inside Muslim Militancy
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Conversations with History host Harry Kreisler welcomes Professor Fawaz A. Gerges for a discussion on the origins, evolution and future direction of Islamic militancy. (56 minutes)

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Religious Studies
Political Science
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
U.C. Berkeley
UCTV Teacher's Pet
Date Added:
11/12/2007
Conversations with History: Islam and the West, with John L. Esposito
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Georgetown University Professor John L. Esposito talks with UC Berkeley's Harry Kreisler about the complex forces shaping Islam and its relationship with the West. (56 min)

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Religious Studies
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
U.C. Berkeley
UCTV Teacher's Pet
Date Added:
09/02/2007
Conversations with History: Islamic Societies, with Ira Lapidus
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Ira Lapidus, Professor Emeritus of History at the University of California, Berkeley, and the founding Chair of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies on the Berkeley campus joins Harry Kreisler to discuss Islam, its relation to politics, the treatment of women in Islamic societies, and how an understanding of Islamic history might inform U.S. foreign policy. (54 min)

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Religious Studies
Political Science
Women's Studies
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
U.C. Berkeley
UCTV Teacher's Pet
Date Added:
04/17/2007
Conversations with History: National Security in an Age of Sacred Terror, with Daniel Benjamin
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Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes Daniel Benjamin, a former counterterrorism official in the Clinton administration, for a discussion of the forces shaping terrorism in an era when the boundaries between religion and politics are blurred. He articulates a strategy for protecting the homeland while addressing the root causes of terrorism in todayŐs world. (59 min)

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Religious Studies
Political Science
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
U.C. Berkeley
UCTV Teacher's Pet
Date Added:
05/02/2010
Conversations with History: Women's Rights, Religious Freedom, and Liberal Education, with Martha C. Nussbaum
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Conversations Host Harry Kreisler welcomes philosopher Martha Nussbaum for a discussion of women and human development, religious freedom, and liberal education. (55 min)

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Philosophy
Religious Studies
Women's Studies
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
U.C. Berkeley
UCTV Teacher's Pet
Date Added:
11/07/2010
CultureTalk - Arab World
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CultureTalk - Arab World features a very extensive selection of filmed interviews with people from different countries in the Arabic speaking world. While some interviews are in English, the vast majority are in Arabic. Translations and usually transcripts are provided for all non-English video clips. Topics include family, food, education, religious and cultural customs, work, art, sport, travel, etc. The regions covered are the Levant, North Africa, Egypt, and Mauritania, with an Iraqi section on the way.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Languages
Religious Studies
World Cultures
Material Type:
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
Five College Center for the Study of World Languages
Date Added:
10/14/2013
Debunking Stereotypes About Muslims and Islam
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Many religions have things in common. At the same time, each is unique. In the shared category, Islam, like Christianity and Judaism, descends from the first five books of the Bible. That’s why some people refer to members of all three religions as “followers of the Book.” Some people also call the three religions “Abrahamic” because they all descended from Abraham. In the unique category, Jews were the first to believe that there was one God; Muslims believe that Muhammad was God’s messenger and Christians believe that Jesus Christ was the Messiah.

In the same way that religions are both alike and unique, so, too are the members of those religions. In this activity, students learn more about Muslims in the United States and practice graph-reading skills.

Subject:
Religious Studies
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Southern Poverty Law Center
Provider Set:
Teaching Tolerance
Date Added:
12/02/2016
Early Modern England
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This course is intended to provide an up-to-date introduction to the development of English society between the late fifteenth and the early eighteenth centuries: a vital period of social, political, economic, and cultural transition, and one which provided the immediate context of early British settlement in North America. Particular issues addressed in the lectures and section discussions, and available for deeper study as essay topics, will include: the changing social structure; households; local communities; gender roles; economic development; urbanization; religious change from the Reformation to the Act of Toleration; the Tudor and Stuart monarchies; rebellion, popular protest and civil war; witchcraft; education, literacy and print culture; crime and the law; poverty and social welfare; the changing structures and dynamics of political participation and the emergence of parliamentary government.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Religious Studies
Material Type:
Lecture
Reading
Syllabus
Provider:
Yale University
Provider Set:
Open Yale Courses
Author:
Keith E. Wrightson
Date Added:
06/16/2011
Eastern Philosophy Reader: An Open Educational Resource
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Excerpted primary texts from the East Asian philosophical traditions, including: Buddhism, Hinduism, Jainism, Shinto, Confucianism, Taoism, Legalism, Sikhism, and historical Zoroastrianism.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Philosophy
Religious Studies
Material Type:
Primary Source
Reading
Textbook
Author:
Noah Levin (collected and edited).
Date Added:
04/03/2020
Eid al-Fitr
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In this video segment from Religion & Ethics Newsweekly, learn how Muslims in America celebrate Eid al-Fitr, the Ű_í_Ű__Ű_ŒŰ_ŒŒŰ‹_Feast of Breaking the Fast.Ű_í_Ű__Ű_ŒŰ_ŒŰ_í_Ű_Œ

Subject:
Religious Studies
World History
Anthropology
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
PBS LearningMedia
Provider Set:
PBS Learning Media: Multimedia Resources for the Classroom and Professional Development
Teachers' Domain
Author:
U.S. Department of Education
WNET
Date Added:
06/16/2008
Exploring Religious America
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In this video segment from Religion & Ethics Newsweekly, learn about Muslims in Lawrenceville, Georgia, their plans to build an Islamic cemetery and the stiff objections from their Christian neighbors.

Subject:
Religious Studies
World History
Anthropology
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
PBS LearningMedia
Provider Set:
PBS Learning Media: Multimedia Resources for the Classroom and Professional Development
Teachers' Domain
Author:
U.S. Department of Education
WNET
Date Added:
06/16/2008
The First Amendment and Freedom of Religion
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In this lesson, students will use the case of Park51’s Islamic Cultural Center as a starting point for a discussion about whether religious freedom is absolute and if religious freedom requires respect for other religions.

Subject:
Religious Studies
Law
General Law
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Southern Poverty Law Center
Provider Set:
Teaching Tolerance
Date Added:
12/02/2016
Global Citizenship, Cultural Citizenship and World Religions in Religion Education
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An examination of the reasons for studying religion and religions, and the necessity for educator, student, administrative, or parental involvement in the process of teaching and learning about religious diversity. In this paper, Chidester tests one possible answer to these questions - namely citizenship - and suggests that the study of religion, religions, and religious diversity, can usefully be brought into conversation with recent research on new formations of citizenship.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Religious Studies
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
University of Cape Town
Author:
Chidester, David
Date Added:
01/23/2012
THE HUMAN TERRAIN SYSTEM: Operationally Relevant Social Science Research in Iraq and Afghanistan
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The Human Terrain System is now a defunct initiative that had been created as early as the 1970s. The concept was that anthropologists would be useful to military troops trying to understand the cultural framework within the country that the troops were assigned to. The anthropologist would be embedded within a specific branch of the service, usually the US Army, to assess, evaluate and create relationships with local peoples. The result of this initiative were poor for a variety of reasons, not the least of which was the death of several anthropologists within war zones.

Subject:
Languages
Religious Studies
World Cultures
Communication
Public Relations
U.S. History
General Law
Anthropology
Cultural Geography
Ethnic Studies
Political Science
Material Type:
Case Study
Homework/Assignment
Lecture
Lesson
Primary Source
Author:
Jay B Winchester (Judge Advocate
PhD Janet Harris (Director
US Army Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs)
US Army Medical Research and Material Command)
Date Added:
09/06/2018
Hajj - Part I
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In this video segment from Religion & Ethics Newsweekly, meet an American Muslim as he prepares for Hajj, the pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca that commemorates the Abrahamic roots of Islam.

Subject:
Religious Studies
World History
Anthropology
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
PBS LearningMedia
Provider Set:
PBS Learning Media: Multimedia Resources for the Classroom and Professional Development
Teachers' Domain
Author:
U.S. Department of Education
WNET
Date Added:
06/16/2008
Hajj - Part II
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Performed with over two million other Muslims, the rites of Hajj, the required pilgrimage to Mecca, have a profound personal impact on each pilgrim. In this video from Religion & Ethics Newsweekly, a Muslim from America experiences Hajj for the first time.

Subject:
Religious Studies
World History
Anthropology
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
PBS LearningMedia
Provider Set:
PBS Learning Media: Multimedia Resources for the Classroom and Professional Development
Teachers' Domain
Author:
U.S. Department of Education
WNET
Date Added:
06/16/2008
Hajj - Part III
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Students learn about an American Muslim's impressions of his first pilgrimage to Mecca in this video segment from Religion & Ethics Newsweekly.

Subject:
Religious Studies
World History
Anthropology
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
PBS LearningMedia
Provider Set:
PBS Learning Media: Multimedia Resources for the Classroom and Professional Development
Teachers' Domain
Author:
U.S. Department of Education
WNET
Date Added:
06/16/2008
Halal - Kosher Dining at Dartmouth
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A dining hall at Dartmouth College accommodates the religious dietary requirements of Muslims, Jews and Hindus as explained in this video from Religion & Ethics Newsweekly.

Subject:
Religious Studies
World History
Anthropology
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
PBS LearningMedia
Provider Set:
PBS Learning Media: Multimedia Resources for the Classroom and Professional Development
Teachers' Domain
Author:
U.S. Department of Education
WNET
Date Added:
06/16/2008
Hi my name is Artificial Intelligence (English & Spanish)
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How does Artificial Intelligence impact Diversity?Explore what Artificial Intelligence in your own words and pictures.Español¿Cómo impacta la inteligencia artificial en la diversidad?Explore qué Inteligencia Artificial en sus propias palabras e imágenes.

Subject:
Computer Science
Engineering
Environmental Science
Health, Medicine and Nursing
Information Science
Arts and Humanities
Graphic Arts
Languages
Philosophy
Religious Studies
Visual Arts
Communication
Career and Technical Education
Electronic Technology
Educational Technology
Law
Genetics
Mathematics
Physical Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Ryan Maguire
Date Added:
06/25/2020
Intermediate Biblical Greek Reader: Galatians and Related Texts
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After completing basic biblical Greek, students are often eager to continue to learn and strengthen their skills of translation and interpretation. This intermediate graded reader is designed to meet those needs. The reader is “intermediate” in the sense that it presumes the user will have already learned the basics of Greek grammar and syntax and has memorized Greek vocabulary words that appear frequently in the New Testament. The reader is “graded” in the sense that it moves from simpler translation work (Galatians) towards more advanced readings from the book of James, the Septuagint, and from one of the Church Fathers. In each reading lesson, the Greek text is given, followed by supplemental notes that offer help with vocabulary, challenging word forms, and syntax. Discussion questions are also included to foster group conversation and engagement. There are many good Greek readers in existence, but this reader differs from most others in a few important ways. Most readers offer text selections from different parts of the Bible, but in this reader the user works through one entire book (Galatians). All subsequent lessons, then, build off of this interaction with Galatians through short readings that are in some way related to Galatians. The Septuagint passages in the reader offer some broader context for texts that Paul quotes explicitly from the Septuagint. The Patristic reading from John Chrysystom comes from one of his homilies on Galatians. This approach to a Greek reader allows for both variety and coherence in the learning process.

Subject:
Religious Studies
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
George Fox University Library
Author:
Jonah M. Sandford
Nijay K. Gupta
Date Added:
01/01/2018
Introduction to the Old Testament (Hebrew Bible)
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This course examines the Old Testament (Hebrew Bible) as an expression of the religious life and thought of ancient Israel, and a foundational document of Western civilization. A wide range of methodologies, including source criticism and the historical-critical school, tradition criticism, redaction criticism, and literary and canonical approaches are applied to the study and interpretation of the Bible. Special emphasis is placed on the Bible against the backdrop of its historical and cultural setting in the Ancient Near East.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Literature
Religious Studies
Material Type:
Assessment
Full Course
Lecture
Lecture Notes
Syllabus
Provider:
Yale University
Provider Set:
Open Yale Courses
Author:
Christine Hayes
Date Added:
02/16/2011
Islamic Celebrations
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Members of the Islamic Center of Washington, DC discuss the religious and spiritual significance of Ramadan and the celebration that concludes it, Eid al-Fitr, in this video segment from Religion & Ethics Newsweekly.

Subject:
Religious Studies
World History
Anthropology
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
PBS LearningMedia
Provider Set:
PBS Learning Media: Multimedia Resources for the Classroom and Professional Development
Teachers' Domain
Author:
U.S. Department of Education
WNET
Date Added:
06/16/2008
John Napier
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Scotsman John Napier is best known to for his treatise on Protestant religion. However, it was his interest in a completely different subject that radically altered the course of mathematics. After forty years of dabbling in maths, he revealed his table o

Subject:
Religious Studies
Material Type:
Reading
Syllabus
Provider:
The Open University
Provider Set:
Open University OpenLearn
Date Added:
05/11/2009
Lifting the Spirit
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Freedom of religion or belief is an increasingly relevant topic in human society. Lifting the Spirit: Human Rights and Freedom of Religion or Belief provides comprehensive and thought-provoking lessons about the human right to freedom of religion or belief without surveying world religions or endorsing any particular belief. Lifting the Spirit relates the worship, observances, practices, and teachings of all religions and beliefs to fundamental human rights principles. It provides background information, ideas for taking action, and interactive exercises to help people learn about the freedom of religion or belief: a right that is guaranteed in Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Designed for use in secondary classrooms, religious institutions, and youth advocacy organizations around the world, both the content and organization of Lifting the Spirit aim to be adaptable to many different national and cultural settings.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Religious Studies
World Cultures
Law
General Law
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Reading
Provider:
University of Minnesota
Provider Set:
University of Minnesota Human Rights Resources Center
Date Added:
02/16/2011
Madrasahs
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This video from Religion & Ethics Newsweekly gives a primer on the history and evolution of madrasahs, institutes of higher learning in Islamic studies.

Subject:
Religious Studies
World History
Anthropology
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
PBS LearningMedia
Provider Set:
PBS Learning Media: Multimedia Resources for the Classroom and Professional Development
Teachers' Domain
Author:
U.S. Department of Education
WNET
Date Added:
06/16/2008
Medieval Chivalry, the Crusades, and the Modern Far-Right
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The Middle Ages are in the news a lot these days—from the invocation of the “Crusades” after 9/11 to the “medieval” plight of women in some areas of the modern Middle East to alt-right protestors dressing as chivalric knights and Vikings and using medieval symbols during the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. How do we teach students to understand and navigate a historical period that justifies ideas as varied as the Disney princess and terroristic violence? In this webinar, medieval studies and history of race expert Cord J. Whitaker leads participants through an exploration of far- and alt-right understandings of feudalism, caste systems, and racial homogeny in medieval Europe. We will also consider the Middle Ages’—and especially the Crusades’—roles in constructing the racial concepts of blackness and whiteness in the modern world. The webinar will include strategies for using students’ everyday experiences to teach these concepts inductively and intellectual strategies for resisting the further cooptation of the Middle Ages for racist objectives.

Subject:
Art History
Literature
Religious Studies
World Cultures
Ancient History
U.S. History
World History
Cultural Geography
Material Type:
Lecture
Author:
Cord Whitaker
National Humanities Center
Date Added:
10/30/2019
Muslim Prayer
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In this video segment from Religion & Ethics Newsweekly, learn about the daily prayer rituals of the Muslim faith and their significance in the life of a Muslim living in America.

Subject:
Religious Studies
World History
Anthropology
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
PBS LearningMedia
Provider Set:
PBS Learning Media: Multimedia Resources for the Classroom and Professional Development
Teachers' Domain
Author:
U.S. Department of Education
WNET
Date Added:
06/16/2008
Open Access Digital Theological Library for Theology, Religious Studies, and Related Disciplines
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The Digital Theological Library provides free high-quality content (scholarly articles, theses, ebooks, book chapters, images, newspapers, manuscripts, and more) in religious studies and related disciplines from institutional repositories, publisher websites, scholarly societies, archives, digital collections, including the Library of Congress Digital Collections, the Vatican Library's digitized collections, Australian Islamic Library, Encyclopedia Iranica, and many more.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Graphic Arts
Philosophy
Religious Studies
Visual Arts
World Cultures
Material Type:
Data Set
Author:
DTL
Date Added:
03/22/2019
Our Doors Are Open - Welcoming People with Disabilities  at Places of Worship
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About 15% of the world’s population lives with some form of disability.  Many are not having their needs met because of barriers to participation in rituals, worship and faith community activities at their places of worship. To truly empower people with disabilities to become agents of positive change in their local communities, we recognize that everyone has a role to play. Our Doors Are Open seminar helps all faith communities to understand how to open their mind, hearts, and doors to people with all kinds of abilities. Traditionally, faith communities position people with disabilities as recipients of care and not as givers. Most faith communities do not have proper representation of people with disabilities throughout their activities despite a desire to be open and inclusive. This disparity is often the result of lack of understanding of how to think about disability differently. In this seminar, students will learn the social model of disability, which positions disability as a function of exclusively designed environments rather than a lack of ability. Our Doors Are Open Seminar will guide students on how to see their activities and situations through an inclusive lens as well as how to take actions to improve inclusion and achieve the welcoming goals of congregations.

Subject:
Religious Studies
Material Type:
Module
Author:
David Pereyra
Vera Roberts
Date Added:
07/24/2019
The Perseus Digital Library
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Perseus is an evolving digital library, engineering interactions through time, space, and language. Our primary goal is to bring a wide range of source materials to as large an audience as possible. We anticipate that greater accessibility to the sources for the study of the humanities will strengthen the quality of questions, lead to new avenues of research, and connect more people through the connection of ideas.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Art History
Languages
Philosophy
Religious Studies
Composition and Rhetoric
Archaeology
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Primary Source
Provider:
Tufts University
Date Added:
04/25/2013
Plague Diaries: Firsthand Accounts of Epidemics, 430 B.C. to A.D. 1918
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A collection of nine excerpts from historical accounts of epidemics: two from ancient sources, one from the Black Death in 14th century Europe, one from the 1665 Plague of London, one from the late 18th century Yellow Fever outbreak in Philadelphia, two from smallpox epidemics on Native American reservations in the late 19th century, and two from the influenza pandemic of 1918.

All readings include a brief introduction to the historical context, a glossary, discussion questions, and sources. Discussion questions can be edited to support learning in various disciplines.

Subject:
Health, Medicine and Nursing
Religious Studies
English Language Arts
Composition and Rhetoric
History
Ancient History
U.S. History
World History
Anatomy/Physiology
Anthropology
Ethnic Studies
Psychology
Social Work
Sociology
Women's Studies
Material Type:
Reading
Textbook
Author:
David Ulrich
Ryan Johnson
Tina Ulrich
Date Added:
05/12/2020
Race and Ignatian Spirituality: Through the Doorway of Music
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Dr. Christopher Pramuk, Associate Professor of Theology at Xavier University, discusses cultural acceptance and understanding and Ignatian spirituality through the music of Stevie Wonder. This video was inspired by Dr. Pramuk’s research and reflections on race and spirituality found in Hope Sings, So Beautiful. For more information, go to the link below:

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Religious Studies
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
Xavier University
Date Added:
06/11/2015
Ramadan
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This video segment from Religion & Ethics Newsweekly shows the daily activities of two young American Muslims during the holy month of Ramadan.

Subject:
Religious Studies
World History
Anthropology
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
PBS LearningMedia
Provider Set:
PBS Learning Media: Multimedia Resources for the Classroom and Professional Development
Teachers' Domain
Author:
U.S. Department of Education
WNET
Date Added:
06/16/2008
Ramadan Moon
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The sighting of a new moon determines the beginning of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. In this video from Religion & Ethics Newsweekly, follow the process of sighting a new moon for American Muslims.

Subject:
Religious Studies
World History
Anthropology
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
PBS LearningMedia
Provider Set:
PBS Learning Media: Multimedia Resources for the Classroom and Professional Development
Teachers' Domain
Author:
U.S. Department of Education
WNET
Date Added:
06/16/2008
Ramadan Observance
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In this video segment from Religion & Ethics Newsweekly, an American Muslim family observes Ramadan, the month in which Muslims fast daily from sunrise to sunset in order to demonstrate piety and develop self-restraint.

Subject:
Religious Studies
World History
Anthropology
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
PBS LearningMedia
Provider Set:
PBS Learning Media: Multimedia Resources for the Classroom and Professional Development
Teachers' Domain
Author:
U.S. Department of Education
WNET
Date Added:
06/16/2008
Reading Religious Documents
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Creation myths are an essential part of all religions. Learning what they are and how they function to provide fundamental values structured in creation is a necessary skill for understanding a religion and religion in general.  The assignment is meant to demonstrate some of the challenges we face as we interpret a religious document. As the openning chapter of the Bible, Genesis 1 is a well known creation myth.  Knowing what is actually in the myth is the first step towards identifying what is specifically important in the world it creates.

Subject:
Religious Studies
Material Type:
Module
Author:
Michael Kerze
Date Added:
01/19/2019
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Reading Religious Documents
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Creation myths are an essential part of all religions. Learning what they are and how they function to provide fundamental values structured in creation is a necessary skill for understanding a religion and religion in general.  The assignment is meant to demonstrate some of the challenges we face as we interpret a religious document. As the openning chapter of the Bible, Genesis 1 is a well known creation myth.  Knowing what is actually in the myth is the first step towards identifying what is specifically important in the world it creates.

Subject:
Religious Studies
Material Type:
Module
Author:
Michael Kerze
Date Added:
01/19/2019
Religion Today: Themes and Issues
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There is a widespread perception in the West that we live in a secular age, an age in which religion is at best an optional extra, if not a false delusion completely out of place. However, religion still arouses passion and causes controversy; it controls and transforms lives. An informed understanding of the contemporary world thus requires an appreciation of the role of religion in shaping ideas, world-views and actions that have an impact on the social as well as on the personal life of the individual. This unit gives you a glimpse into this fascinating area.

Subject:
Religious Studies
Political Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Reading
Syllabus
Provider:
The Open University
Provider Set:
Open University OpenLearn
Date Added:
06/06/2007
Religion and Foreign Policy Conference Calls
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The Council on Foreign Relation's (CFR) Religion and Foreign Policy program serves as a resource for the faith community, bringing together congregational and lay leaders, religion scholars, and representatives of faith-based organizations for conversations on issues at the intersection of religion and global affairs. Led by a CFR expert, faith leader, or religion scholar, the Religion and Foreign Policy Conference Call series gives members of the religious community the opportunity to participate in nonpartisan, cross-denominational conversations on timely issues at the intersection of religion and international affairs.

Subject:
Religious Studies
World Cultures
World History
Cultural Geography
Ethnic Studies
Political Science
Material Type:
Case Study
Reading
Author:
Council on Foreign Relations
Date Added:
12/21/2017
Sacred Texts of World Religions
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Selection from the "Bhagavad Gita," inThe MahabharataSelection from the Teachings of BuddhaSelection from the "Book of Psalms;" The Holy BibleSelection from the "Book of John;" The Holy BibleSelection of surahs from The Holy Koran

Subject:
Religious Studies
Material Type:
Primary Source
Author:
C. Redwing
Date Added:
03/28/2020
The School Holiday Calendar
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This lesson asks students to think about how school districts can address the needs of increasingly diverse populations. It takes as its starting point a debate in New York City’s public schools.

Subject:
Religious Studies
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Southern Poverty Law Center
Provider Set:
Teaching Tolerance
Date Added:
11/30/2016
Six Ways of Being Religious
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The book proposes the hypothesis that six generic ways of being religious may be found in any large-scale religious tradition such as Christianity or Buddhism or Islam or Hinduism: sacred rite, right action, devotion, shamanic mediation, mystical quest, and reasoned inquiry. These are recurrent ways in which, socially and individually, devout members of these traditions take up and appropriate their stories and symbols in order to draw near to, and come into right relationship with, what the traditions attest to be the ultimate reality.

Subject:
Religious Studies
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
Western Oregon University
Author:
Dale Cannon
Date Added:
11/14/2018
Stories from Buddhist Traditions – Open.Ed
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Stories from Buddhist Traditions is a resource for use by school teachers that has been developed as part of Dr Naomi Appleton and Dr Alison Jack’s project Approaching Religion Through Story at the University of Edinburgh School of Divinity.

Structured to meet Education Scotland’s Curriculum for Excellence standard for Religious Moral Education (RME), the resource is divided according to the three structuring principles of the experiences and outcomes for RME in Scotland: Beliefs, Values and Issues, and Practices and Traditions. Keywords are also provided to indicate the particular relevance of the story.

The resource contains six stories in PDF format, sorted by the principles stated above, and an introduction to Jakatas. The ‘What’s It Tree’ and the ‘Prince Vessantara’ stories both have accompanying PowerPoint Presentations for illustrative purposes. Resources provided as part of the project ‘Approaching Religion Through Story’ are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International Licence.

Subject:
Religious Studies
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Case Study
Reading
Provider:
University of Edinburgh
Provider Set:
Open.Ed
Author:
Dr Alison Jack
Dr Naomi Appleton
Date Added:
07/07/2017
Term 1: Christian Foundation
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The purpose of these basic foundational doctrines is to introduce new believers to the evangelical Christian Faith. The studies are interdenominational in nature and brief in content. The theology is conservative and evangelical, reflecting those core teachings held dear by the Bible believing church through the centuries. Denominational distinctives have been avoided. 

Subject:
Religious Studies
Material Type:
Module
Author:
Willis Newman
Date Added:
07/22/2019
Term 2: NEW TESTAMENT SURVEY
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This introductory course surveys the introductory matters of the New Testament, its historical and cultural context, and a brief summary of each book of the New Testament.

Subject:
Religious Studies
Material Type:
Module
Author:
Willis Newman
Date Added:
07/22/2019
Term 3: M1-105 Communications
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This introductory course covers the basic concepts of the communication process, including cross-cultural communication. It also brings focus on how to interpret the Bible, prepare and deliver Bible messages, speeches and lesson plans. Also covered are teaching principles, and how to conduct small groups.

Subject:
Religious Studies
Material Type:
Module
Author:
Willis Newman
Date Added:
07/22/2019
Timbuktu
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This video from Religion & Ethics Newsweekly features Timbuktu, one of the most remote and inaccessible places on the planet and a former thriving center of Islamic learning.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Religious Studies
World History
Anthropology
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
PBS LearningMedia
Provider Set:
PBS Learning Media: Multimedia Resources for the Classroom and Professional Development
Teachers' Domain
Author:
U.S. Department of Education
WNET
Date Added:
06/16/2008
Understanding Religious Clothing
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In the United States, different types of religious clothing exist just about everywhere. In this lesson, students will explore how articles of clothing are linked to different religions. First they will research issues around some common articles of religious clothing, such as the hijab and the yarmulke. Then they will explore misconceptions and stereotypes associated with those articles of clothing.

Subject:
Religious Studies
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Southern Poverty Law Center
Provider Set:
Teaching Tolerance
Date Added:
12/02/2016