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Imagining Justice Through Our Traditions
What role does God play in the human pursuit of justice? Where is God in our relationships with other people? Can we create a just society by engaging religious difference?
In drawing upon these very questions, this class shall explore ways in which Jews, Christians, and Muslims have imagined justice. In response to the unrest in Baltimore in April, the ICJS will devote significant time and effort in 2016 to issues related exclusively to our city in a broad, community-wide program entitled: “Imagining Religion, Reimagining Baltimore.” Our course inaugurates this program. Please join us here in October to start thinking about these complex, emotional, and powerful inquiries into our respective religious traditions.
|Morning option (10/7, 10/14, 10/21 & 10/28, from 9:30-11:00 a.m.)|
|Evening option (10/6, 10/13, 10/20 & 10/27, from 7:00-8:30 p.m.)|
Sacred Text and Communal Practice: Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Worship
This six-week course examines the relationship between sacred texts and communal worship. Given the distinctive nature of each tradition, each two-week segment will differ one from the other accordingly. The Jewish segment will consist of a close and critical reading of the Torah portions assigned for those two weeks, with special attention paid to the relationship between the ancient texts and the contemporary context in which they are read. The Christian segment will examine the interplay of the biblical texts (Old and New Testaments) for the designated Sundays as they are assigned in either the Roman Catholic or the Revised Common Lectionary. Particular consideration will be given to the ways in which textual meaning is influenced by the context of worship and the close proximity of readings one after the other. The Muslim segment will introduce participants to Muslim liturgical practices and the variety of ways in which sacred texts are read and interpreted in the worship experience.
|Oct 8, 15, 22, and 29, and Nov 5 and 12 from 1:30-3:00 pm|
Pearls on a String
Led by Dr. Homayra Ziad of the ICJS and Walters curator Amy Landau, this course offers a closer look at the new exhibition Pearls on a String: Artists, Patrons, and Poets at the Great Islamic Courts. Using the genre of biography, the course will situate two of the exhibition’s protagonists—Abu’l Fazl and Muhammad Zaman—in their larger cultural contexts (16th-century Mughal India and 17th-century Safavid Persia) and explore how a pluralistic society defined them as artists and enriched their work. (Please note that transportation to the Walters is not provided.)
|Morning option (11/9 & 11/16 from 9:30–11:30 a.m. and 11/18 from 1–5 p.m.)|
|Evening option (11/10 & 11/17 from 7:00–9:00 p.m. and 11/18 from 1–5 p.m.)|