OSHR 1031 - Religions of the West: Understanding Judaism, Christianity, and Islam

  • Noncredit

This course is offered through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Colorado State University. You must be a member of Osher to enroll in this course.

European culture traces its three main religions - Judaism, Christianity, and Islam - to the same single founder in the Middle East. We will compare these religions through the lens of history and philosophy to examine what life was like when they were born and look at how they developed over time. We will also discuss their common and different beliefs and practices. Join us as we explore the dynamic and diverse panorama of Western religions.

Readings: Smith, Huston, The World’s Religions, Harper Collins Publishers. ISBN-13: 978- 0061660184 (paperback)

Ali-Karamali, Sumbul, The Muslim Next Door: The Qur’an, the Media, and that Veil Thing, White Cloud Press. ISBN-13: 978-0974524566

Please Note: No class November 19

Noncredit courses do not produce academic credit nor appear on a Colorado State University academic transcript.


Sally Purath

Sally Purath earned a B.A. in Social Sciences and a M.Ed. at Colorado State University. She taught humanities, history, and language arts for 26 years in the Poudre School district, specializing in the humanities of India, China, Japan, Africa, the Middle East, and Latin America. She also taught Russian, American, and world history as well as philosophy in the international Baccalaureate program. She has led National Endowment for the Humanities institutes and other teacher workshops.