RVI1030 - Religions of the Middle East


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Assignment
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Assignment 100/100
Assignment 100/100

Course content

The course includes a historical and comparative study of contemporary religions originating from the Middle East, with a particular focus on Judaism and Islam, in addition to Christianity in the light of its religious presence in the Middle East.
An emphasis is placed on the correlation between religion, culture, and society in the region, especially with respect to religious minorities. The course also accounts for the appearance of Judaism and Islam in the various countries and regions where they are found.

Learning outcome

According to the course curriculum, a candidate who passes this course is expected to have the following learning outcome (defined as knowledge and skills):

The candidate has attained
- basic knowledge of the origins, development, textual sources and interpretative traditions of Judaism, the Oriental Christian Churches and Islam
- basic knowledge of how concepts from religious studies are applied in the study of Judaism, Islam and the Oriental Christian Churches
- knowledge of what constitutes good scientific practice regarding sources and references
- understanding of how Judaism and Islam develop in accordance with society, including in Norway

The candidate has acquired skills to
- account for the origins and developments of Judaism, Oriental Christianity and Islam
- apply concepts from religious studies in accounts of Judaism, Oriental Christianity and Islam

Learning methods and activities

The instruction consists of lectures. Part of the lectures may be held in English.

Compulsory assignments

  • Approved mandatory exercises

Further on evaluation

The exam consists of an assignment (6000 words).

Specific conditions

Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester. Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Required previous knowledge


Course materials

The required reading list will be available at the beginning of the semester.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
HFRVI111 15.0
HFKRL213 15.0 01.09.2007
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Version: 1
Credits:  15.0 SP
Study level: Foundation courses, level I


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2021

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Comparative Religion
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies



Examination arrangement: Assignment

Term Status code Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Autumn ORD Assignment 100/100

Submission 2020-12-10

Submission 14:00

Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Assignment 100/100

Release 2021-01-20

Submission 2021-06-01

Release 09:00

Submission 14:00

Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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