This course offers a comparative overview of Iraq’s religious history. It is organized roughly chronologically and discusses all the major religious groups including ancient Mesopotamian religions, Judaism, Christianity, Sunnism, Shi‘ism, Sufism, Yezidism, Ahl al-Haqq, and the Shabak. It concludes by discussing religion in 20th century Iraq and the roots and effects of contemporary sectarianism. The course will cover religious laws, rituals, doctrines, and gender issues. After having taken this course, students will be able to think critically about religious fundamentalism and sectarianism in Iraq and Iraqi Kurdistan today. This course counts as an international studies major course.

Skill Level: Beginner