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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.

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Religious Studies
U.S. History
Material Type:
Primary Source
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Digital Public Library of America
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Primary Source Sets
Author:
Adena Barnette
Date Added:
01/20/2016
The Five Major World Religions
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It's perfectly human to grapple with questions, like 'Where do we come from?' and 'How do I live a life of meaning?' These existential questions are central to the five major world religions -- and that's not all that connects these faiths. John Bellaimey explains the intertwined histories and cultures of Hinduism, Judaism, Buddhism, Christianity and Islam. Lesson by John Bellaimey, animation by TED-Ed.

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Religious Studies
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Khan Academy
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Khan Academy
Date Added:
03/15/2021
The Five Pillars of Islam
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Almost as soon as the Arab armies of Islam conquered new lands, they began erecting mosques and palaces and commissioning other works of art as expressions of their faith and culture. Many aspects of religious practice in Islam also emerged and were codified. The religious practice of Islam, which literally means "to submit to God", is based on tenets that are known as the Five Pillars, arkan, to which all members of the Islamic community, Umma, should adhere.

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Religious Studies
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Lesson
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Khan Academy
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Khan Academy
Date Added:
03/15/2021
Hajj
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One of the five pillars of Islam central to Muslim belief, Hajj is the pilgrimage to Mecca that every Muslim must make at least once in their lifetime if they are able; it is the most spiritual event that a Muslim experiences, observing rituals in the most sacred places in the Islamic world. Mecca is the birthplace of the Prophet Muhammad. The sanctuary there with the Ka‘ba is the holiest site in Islam. As such, it is a deeply spiritual destination for Muslims all over the world; it is the heart of Islam.

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Religious Studies
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Lesson
Provider:
Khan Academy
Provider Set:
Khan Academy
Date Added:
03/15/2021
Hindu temples
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A Hindu temple can be a simple structure by the side of the road or a large complex including many buildings. Temples serve as dwelling places for deities, surrounded by markets selling offerings and flowers. The inner sanctuaries are small and intended for a few worshippers at a time. Above the sanctuaries are central towers, shaped like the mountain home of the gods and brightly painted.

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Religious Studies
Material Type:
Lesson
Provider:
Khan Academy
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Khan Academy
Date Added:
03/15/2021
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.

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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
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Author:
David Ulrich
Ryan Johnson
Tina Ulrich
Date Added:
05/12/2020
Shinto
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An introduction to Shinto, one of Japan's earliest belief systems. Created by Asian Art Museum.

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Religious Studies
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Lesson
Provider:
Khan Academy
Provider Set:
Khan Academy
Date Added:
03/15/2021
Studying the Bible: The Tanakh and Early Christian Writings
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Studying the Bible: The Tanakh and Early Christian Writings is a university-level, textbook introduction to the study of the Bible, its literary forms, and historical and cultural contexts. This textbook is a companion to the Bible courses taught in the English Department at Kansas State University, in particular ENGL 470 The Bible, though it is available for use in other courses and contexts. This textbook examines the Hebrew Bible (also known as the Tanakh) and the early Christian writings of the New Testament. It is an introduction to the analysis of biblical texts, their histories, and their interpretations. The emphasis throughout this textbook is on the literary qualities of these biblical texts as well as their cultural and historical contexts.

Subject:
Religious Studies
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
New Prairie Press
Author:
Anna Goins
Gregory Eiselein
Naomi J. Wood
Date Added:
11/18/2021
Theological Questions
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Theological Questions is an Open Educational Resource (free textbook) that originates from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio and was created with funding form the Atla OER Grant Program. This open textbook was used at St. Mary's in the first of two required core theology courses. It is designed to give a broad historical overview of theological questions from the perspective of the Catholic tradition. It seeks to represent fairly a variety of questions and answers within and beyond the Catholic tradition. This OER is a foundation for other teachers of introductory courses in theology who may wish to adapt it for their purposes.

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Religious Studies
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Textbook
Provider:
Atla Open Press
Author:
Todd Hanneken
Date Added:
05/23/2022
World Mythology
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A deep exploration of the fundamental symbols, ceremonies, rituals, and transformative narratives of the world's great wisdom traditions and mythological systems. With special attention paid to their relevance to the modern world. Written for Community College and undergraduate level courses through an equity, diversity, and inclusion lens. Western myths are included but not centered.

Subject:
Literature
Religious Studies
World Cultures
Ancient History
Anthropology
Sociology
Material Type:
Module
Reading
Textbook
Provider:
Mt. Hood Community College
Author:
Andy Gurevich
Date Added:
04/08/2021
Zen Buddhism
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An introduction to Zen, a form of Buddhism that emphasizes seeking one's own Buddha nature through meditation.

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Religious Studies
Material Type:
Lesson
Provider:
Khan Academy
Provider Set:
Khan Academy
Date Added:
03/15/2021