Centre for Theology and Religious Studies

The Joint Faculties of Humanities and Theology | Lund University

History of Religions: Religion Past and Present - an Introduction


Course code: RHIA20
Swedish title: Religionshistoria: Religion i historia och nutid - en introduktion
ECTS credits: 15


Study period: autumn 2019
Type of studies: full time, day
Study period: 2019-09-02 – 2019-11-03
Language of instruction: Swedish
Eligibility: General and courses corresponding to the following Swedish Upper Secondary School Programs: History 1b/1a1+1a2 and Social Studies 1b/1a1+1a2 or History A and Social Studies A
Application code: LU-38011

Introductory meeting: 2019-09-02 at 13.15 – 15.00: LUX:B237

Teachers: Johan Cato, Paul Linjamaa, Hege Irene Markussen, Olle Qvarnström, Johan Åberg


Vill du lära dig att identifiera och redogöra för olika samhälleliga, kulturella och historiska perspektiv på religion?

Kursens innehåll

Den här kursen ger en bred introduktion till islam, judendom, hinduism och buddhism. Du studerar även ursprungsbefolkningars traditioner samt någon forntida religion. I fokus står religionernas spridning, texter, läror och praktik i historia och nutid.

Hur historien skrivs och vem som skriver den aktualiserar frågor om historiebruk, makt, postkolonialism och genus. Kursen tar upp relevanta frågor som gäller individ och samhälle i dagens globaliserade och mångkulturella värld. Politiska skeenden, filmer, böcker och annan media blir i många fall svårtillgängliga utan religionshistoriska kunskaper!



  1. History of Religions I, 6 ECTS
  2. History of Religions II, 6 ECTS
  3. History of Religions III, 3 ECTS


The course is not open for applications through / next semester. Please contact the department for more information!

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