Credits – 3
This is an advanced level graduate course. It is designed to familiarize students online to contemporary anthropological theory with a specific focus upon the study of pilgrimage. In addition to researching Jewish, Christian, and Islamic pilgrimage in ancient, medieval, and contemporary historical contexts, students will be expected to become familiar with the work of contemporary scholars working on pilgrimage such as Victor and Edith Turner, Carol Delaney, John Eade, and Yoram Bilu. Students will examine various notions of sacred space and movement. Emphasis will be placed not only on the experience of pilgrims but on pilgrimage management and the contestation of sacred sites. While pilgrimage to Lourdes, Mecca, and other religious sites around the world will be discussed, prominence will be given to specific sites of pilgrimage in the Holy Land.
Instructor: C. Hutt, Ph.D.