This unit covers the period from 500 to 1500 and asks whether the Western idea of the "Middle Ages" can be usefully applied to non-Western cultures of the era. It considers the development of Christianity in the first millennium alongside indigenous Paganisms, Judaism and Islam. In the second millennium it investigates Western Christian contacts with Buddhism, Confucian and Taoist culture, and the religions of India. The idea of a monolithic Christianity is destabilised through the lenses of Eastern Christianity (for example, the various Orthodox churches, Maronites, Melkites) and of heretical groups whose beliefs and practices attracted persecution, inquisition and crusade or holy war.
1x 2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/ week
1x1000wd Primary Source Analysis (25%), 1x Participation (10%), 1x2500wd Essay (40%), 1x1000wd Fieldwork Task (25%)
12 credit point at 2000 level in Studies in ReligionProhibitions