RVI1030 - Religions of the Middle East


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Assignment
Grade: Letters

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Assignment 100/100

Course content

The course includes a historical and comparative study of three contemporary religions originating from the Middle East: Judaism, the oriental churches and Islam. An emphasis is placed on the correlation between (a) religious belief and practice, and societal institutions and (b) the scriptures, methods of interpretation, and authorities that form and develop religious knowledge and guidance in various contexts and time periods. The course also deals to some extent with the design of the religions in western countries and regions.

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 the three religions
  • basic knowledge of how concepts from religious studies and some other scientific disciplines can be applied comparatively in the study of Judaism, the Oriental Churches and Islam
  • knowledge of what constitutes good scientific practice regarding sources and references
  • understanding of how the three religions develop in accordance with society


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 the three religions

Learning methods and activities

The instruction consists of lectures and group work. In order to sit the exam students must get an  obligatory activity approved . For more information on the obligatory activity, see Blackboard. The obligatory activity can only be approved in the semester when the course is taught, but is valid in this and the subsequent term.

Compulsory assignments

  • Approved obligatory activity

Further on evaluation

The exam consists of an assignment (6000 words).

Specific conditions

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
More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  15.0 SP
Study level: Foundation courses, level I


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2022

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Comparative Religion
Contact information

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies


Examination arrangement: Assignment

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





Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Assignment 100/100 INSPERA
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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