Near Eastern Studies 39B, Section 1

The Abrahamic Religions (3 units, LG)

Professor Manuel Oliveira
Tuesday and Thursday 2:00-3:30, 271 Barrows Hall, Class number: 32982

This seminar aims to introduce students to the three major monotheistic religious.
While Judaism, Christianity and Islam share common biblical roots, their differences and similarities vis-à-vis an understanding of their particular position in the world often placed them in confrontation, despite periods of complementary convergence. We will survey some of the theological/ spiritual dimensions of these Abrahamic traditions and explore the significance of their heritage to human civilization.

Instructor Bio

Manuel Oliveira is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Near Eastern Studies of UC Berkeley. Before coming to the US, he co-founded the Institute for Human Studies and Intelligent Sciences in Europe. He has served in the European Commission as Expert in the 6th and 7th Framework Programmes and in the current Horizon 2020 in Economics and Human Sciences, and as a Member of the Ethics Panel in Science, Economy and Society. He was a Visiting Scholar at the Graduate Theological Union at Berkeley and at the Columbia University School of Law, and a Senior Fellow at Harvard University’s Center for the Study of World Religions, the Center for Jewish Studies, and the Kennedy School of Government. He works in the fields of Modern Jewish Thought, the Abrahamic Religions, and the complex relations between Judaism and Christianity.

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Breadth Information

This seminar may be used to satisfy the Philosophy and Values breadth requirement in Letters and Science.