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Sunday, 28 May 2017

About us

 


 About the Religious Studies Program

Religious Fundamentalism,  Religious motivated terrorism,  the New Age phenomena, the relations between religion and the state, the growing popularity  of Buddhism and other eastern religions in the west - these are only a few examples illustrating the fact that towards the end of the 20th and the  beginning of the 21st century, religion has become, once again,  a major force in the life of humanity.

There is no doubt, then, that religion today is a significant force influencing our lives in various ways. At The religious studies program in the University of Tel Aviv, the study of this subject is taking place in a profound, critical, empathic, and comprehensive way, using a comparative perspective of a wide range, which examines the similarities, as well as the differences, among the varieties of the religious phenomena.

The religious studies program  is an inter-disciplinary program designed for M.A. students, which includes a comparative study of the world religions- Christianity, Islam, Judaism, The religions of Asia, ancient world religions and New age Religions. The academic staff consists of leading scholars in their field. The aim of the program is to develop the study and the teaching of the religious studies, seeing them as an inter- disciplinary field of studies, combining together different disciplines. For this reason, The program includes collaborations with other disciplines, which are not necessarily part of the faculty of humanities at the University, for instance the social sciences, the natural sciences and the arts. In additions, the program aspires to encourage the existence and development of an equal and pluralistic, as well as critical, inter religious dialogue, and also to make it possible for people coming   from  different areas and professions, to deepen  their knowledge and understanding in the subject of religious studies, by supplying  them with an access to a wider knowledge concerning the field, as well as instruments for critical thinking and analyzing.

The program is divided into two major fields of study, when at the end of their first year the students are required to choose the field in which they are interested in continuing their studies: The comparative religion field, or the field of contemporary religions, which is a new and unique field of studies in the Israeli academy and abroad.