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HRVK00017U  Ancient Near Eastern Religions Volume 2017/2018

Course information

Credit15 ECTS
Bachelor choice
Full Degree Master
Full Degree Master choice
Duration1 semester
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Study boardStudy Board of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies
Contracting department
  • Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies
Course responsible
  • Catharina Raudvere (8-78677b6a7c6b786b466e7b7334717b346a71)
Catharina Raudvere, raudvere@hum.ku.dk, Nicole Brisch, nmbrisch@hum.ku.dk, Kim Ryholt, ryholt@hum.ku.dk
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BA-studieordning for det centrale fag i Religionsvidenskab, 2015

BA tilvalgsstudieordning, gymnasierettet, 2015

BA-studieordning for det centrale fag i Religionsvidenskab, 2010

BA tilvalg-studieordning i Religionsvidenskab, 2016

KA- studieordning i Religionshistori, 2008

KA-studieordning i Religionssociologi, 2008

KA-sidefag i Religionssociologi, 2008

BA- studieordning for Nærorientalske old-tidskulturer med centralt fag i Assyriologi, Nærorientalsk arkæologi eller Ægyptologi, 2015



This course will offer a unique opportunity to study some of the world’s oldest religions in a comparative perspective. It is an interdisciplinary initiative between the disciplines of the Study of Religions, Egyptology, and Assyriology. The course is theme-oriented and each unit has both a more theoretical part along with an empirical component that focuses on texts and objects from Egypt and Mesopotamia. Themes studied include deities and concepts of the divine, mythologies, temples and sacred space, ritual leaders and other religious agents, rituals and festivals, hymns and prayers, magic, healing rituals and divination, conceptions of death and afterlife. Students will also be introduced to the main textual sources (such as the Gilgamesh Epic, the Babylonian Epic of Creation, the Myth of Isis and Osiris, and the Book of the Dead), excerpts of which will be read in English translation.

Students will obtain a general overview of the basic theoretical debates in the history of religions, as well as a basic overview of religious beliefs and practices in ancient Egypt and ancient Mesopotamia (c. 3300 BCE – 300 CE). It is offered on BA and MA levels and will be co-taught by internationally recognized experts in their fields.

Learning Outcome


BA 2015-studieordning:
Valgfrit område (fagelementkode HRVB00061E)
Valgfrit område med sprogudøvning (fagelementkode HRVB00081E)
Bachelorprojekt (fagelementkode HRVB00091E)

BA 2010-studieordning:
Valgfrit område (fagelementkode HREB00311E)
Bachelorprojekt (fagelementkode HREB00351E)

BA tilvalg 2016-studieordning:
Valgfrit område (fagelemenkode HRVB10181E) 

BA tilvalg 2015-studieordning, gymnasierettet
Valgfrit område med sprogudøvning (fagelemenkode  HRVB10121E)

KA Religionshistorie 2008-studieordning:
Speciel Religionshistorie valgfag A (fagelementkode HRHK03661E )
Speciel Religionshistorie valgfag B (fagelementkode HRHK03671E )
Særligt studeret område: Religion og politik (fagelementkode HRSK03441E)
Særligt studeret område: Regional religionssociologi (fagelementkode HRSK03481E)

KA Religionssociologi 2008-studieordning:
Særligt studeret område 1 (HRSK03431E)
Særligt studeret område 2 (HRSK03491E)
Særlig studeret område: regional religionssociologi (fagelementkode HRSK03481E)
Formidling (fagelementkode HRSK03471E)

KA-sidefag Religionsvidenskab 2008-studieordning:
Valgfrit originalsprogsemne (fagelementkode HREK03031E)


BA 2015-studieordning:
Samfund B (fagelementkode HASB00461E)


BA 2015-studieordning
Samfund B (fagelementkode HÆGB00451E)


Information will be found on Absalon in good time before the course-start

Teaching and learning methods
Lectures, discussions, student presentations
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Credit15 ECTS
Type of assessment
Total 412,5
Saved on the 03-03-2017