Programs by Major: Religious Studies + Dialogue of Civilizations


Spain: Religion in Spain – From Moorish Rule to Christian Pilgrimage (Honors)

Dialogue of Civilizations | , Spain

Faculty Leader: Prof. Elizabeth Bucar (e.bucar@neu.edu)

Study Abroad Coordinator: Liz McClanahan (e.mcclanahan@neu.edu)

Term: Summer I

Courses:

  • HONR 3309 Honors Seminar Abroad - The Act of Pilgrimage
  • HONR 3309 Honors Seminar Abroad -  Islam and Spain

Description:

Why this DOC?

Much of what we think of as typically “Spanish” has its roots in the tension between Christianity and Islam that came to define Spain. The course provides first hand experiences of role of religion in Spain through two units. First we travel to southern Spain to an area that for centuries was a Muslim country ruled by the Moors and called al-Andalus. Granada, Seville, Cordoba, and Toledo provide a laboratory to explore how Spaniards and the Christian church have historically dealt with the challenges of religious and ethnic plurality. Second we head north to visit the a pilgrimage route the Catholic Church promoted as part of its efforts to push the Muslim Moors out of Spain: the Camino de Santiago de Compostela. For over 1000 years, people of faith have traveled this route, where legends tell us St. James is buried. We will spend two weeks as pilgrims, walking the last 150 miles of the route, and resting in towns that bear vivid material evidence of the popularity of this practice through their ecclesial art and architecture. This unit will allow the student to explore the significance of pilgrimage by performing the actions of a pilgrim

Summer 2014 Program Blog