Oriental Beliefs: Between Reason and Traditions

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1 час курса
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This course takes a journey through the world of beliefs as they have developed in a great variety of cultures, ranging from Ancient Egypt, the Near East to Central Asia, India, China, and the Far East. We will discuss where these beliefs, theories and practices originated from, how they were passed on over the ages and why some are still so central to large communities of believers across the world today, whether it be amongst Jews, Christians, Muslims, Buddhists or Shintoists.

We'll be dealing with everything from gods and spirits, to angels and demons, to afterlife and the netherworld, as well as the great cycles of the universe and the tremendous power of lunar and solar eclipses. The interpretation of dreams and all sorts of magic and miraculous deeds will also be covered during this course.

Students will have the opportunity to travel extensively in time and space. The comparative, critical and contextualized approach of this course will allow for a valuable and thought-provoking experience.

We are a course team of about twenty-five specialists working at, or in close interaction with, the Department of Greek, Latin and Oriental Studies (GLOR) at the University of Louvain. We are all historians or philologists, all passionate about our respective fields of expertise, and all fully determined to help you as much as we can as we progress through this course. Most of all, we're looking forward to "meeting" you and to having lively discussions with you on the forums.

If you're curious about the cultures of this world, past and present, this course is definitely for you. Put your wings on and get ready to ride on our “GLOR-ious” dragon and to enjoy the whole adventure with us!

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Oriental Beliefs: Between Reason and Traditions
Explore the spiritual and magical beliefs of cultures, from ancient Egypt to modern Japan, as we discuss gods, the universe, cosmos, dreams and so much more!
Что Вы изучите?
  • At the end of this course, you will:  Have a panoramic scope of the cultures, societies, languages and belief systems of a wide variety of people
  • Develop a personal and critical approach to understanding the beliefs of cultures
Лекторы
Godefroid de Callataÿ
Godefroid de Callataÿ
Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies, Oriental Institute Université catholique de Louvain
Godefroid de Callataÿ is Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies at the Oriental Institute of the University of Louvain (UCLouvain), Belgium. He has specialized in the history of Arabic sciences and philosophy, and the role played by Islam in the transmission of knowledge from Greek Antiquity to the Latin West during the Middle Ages. Amongst other subjects, he has published extensively on the encyclopaedic corpus known as Rasā’il Ikhwān al-Ṣafā’ (‘Epistles of the Brethren of Purity’). Since 2016, he also directs ‘PhilAnd’, an Advanced Grant ERC project of the European Commission on the emergence of philosophy in al-Andalus: https://uclouvain.be/fr/instituts-recherche/incal/philand.html.
Johannes den Heijer
Johannes den Heijer
Professor of Arabic Studies, Oriental Institute Université catholique de Louvain
Johannes den Heijer is Professor of Arabic Studies at the Oriental Institute of the University of Louvain (UCL), Belgium. His research and teaching activities concern Arabic historiography in general, Copto-Arabic literature, as well as on Arabic epigraphy, philology, dialectology and sociolinguistics. Amongst other subjects, he has published on the monumental Arabic inscriptions of the Fatimid period and on the historiographical corpus known as the History of the Patriarchs of Alexandria. In 2009, he has initiated the International Copto-Arabic Historiography Project (ICAHP), coordinated at the University of Louvain.
Kanako Goto
Kanako Goto
Visiting Associate Professor Université catholique de Louvain
Kanako GOTO was born in Kobe, in Japan. Visiting Associate Professor at Université catholique de Louvain (UCL) and Associate Professor at University of Liège (ULg), both in Belgium, she is currently teaching Japanese Language, Literature and Civilization. PhD holder in French contemporary Literature and Rhetoric (University of Liège, 2008), Kanako is interested in function of Languages, particularly in culture-transmission process between Eastern and Western civilizations. She is also a sworn translator in French and Japanese for the Court of First Instance in Belgium.
Marianne Michel
Marianne Michel
Postdoctoral Researcher Université catholique de Louvain
Marianne Michel is a Postdoctoral Researcher associated with the Oriental Institute (CIOL) at the University of Louvain (UCLouvain), Belgium. After completing a Master’s in Mathematics (1989) and a Master’s in Ancient and Oriental Language and Letters (2010), she got a PhD in Egyptology (2013) that focused on “Ancient Egyptian Mathematics” going from hieratic sources of the Middle Kingdom to demotic sources of the Ptolemaic Period. She has done some research about “technical” fields (stone quarries, buildings, statues, bread-making, brewing and beekeeping). She worked also on the first campaign of Thutmose III that concerned Megiddo. She is currently working on unpublished ushabti (funerary figurines). She is also a Company Administrator of the Royal Belgian Society of Oriental Studies (RBSOS) and Assistant Editor of the BABELAO, an Electronic Journal for Ancient and Oriental Studies.
Sébastien Moureau
Sébastien Moureau
Research Associate of the F.R.S.-FNRS attached to the University of Louvain Université catholique de...
Sébastien Moureau is a Research Associate of the F.F.S – FNRS attached to the University of Louvain. His research is mainly focused on the transmission of the so-called occult sciences from the Arab-Muslim world to the Latin West in the Middle Ages, with a special focus on alchemy.
Andrea Schmidt
Andrea Schmidt
Professor of Near Eastern Christian Studies, Oriental Institute Université catholique de Louvain
Andrea Schmidt is Professor of Near Eastern Christian Studies at the Oriental Institute of the University of Louvain (UCL), Belgium. She has specialized in Syriac, Armenian and Georgian studies. Her main interests are the religious and literary transmissions between the Syriac Semitic world of Christianity and the Christian civilisations in the Caucasus. She was appointed to the Francqui Chair at the University of Leuven (2008). She is member of the Academy of Sciences at Göttingen (Germany) and member of the Patristic Kommission of the German Academies of Sciences at Mayence (Germany). She is editor of the series “Corpus Scriptorum Christianorum Orientalium” (Peeters Publishers, Leuven).
Jan Tavernier
Jan Tavernier
Professor Université catholique de Louvain
Jan Tavernier defended his PhD on Iranian proper names and loanwords in non-Iranian texts from the Achaemenid period in May 2002. From 2002 until 2008 he worked as a Postdoctoral researcher at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium) before becoming chargé de cours at the Université catholique de Louvain (Belgium).
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