RELI 2040: Religions of the Middle East: Judaism, Christianity and Islam in Israel (Available also as RELI 4900).

Description: Description: Description: SUmmer2010 overlooking DOme of the Rock3 credit hours   [CH, G]Description: Description: image002: This course introduces students to the religions, history and contemporary dynamics of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Students will visit historic and sacred sites and meet with contemporary leaders in Jerusalem, Galilee, and throughout Israel. Visits and lectures analyze the origins and development of three major religions that arose in the Middle East: Judaism, Christianity and Islam, as well as traditions such as Baha’i, Druze and LDS with a presence in Israel. The course will spend time in Jerusalem, the eternal city, and “non-stop” Tel Aviv. Travel in Israel provides an outstanding opportunity to understand the basic principles, historical development, political and cultural context, and structure of each religion and to encounter religious festivals and observances.  Students will prepare for this journey with 15 hours of pre-travel seminars, readings, informal meetings and research in Wyoming. Two weeks of travel; an optional third week (which may incur extra cost) to visit more historic, cultural, and tourist sites. In the past these have included Petra and the traditional location of Mount Sinai.


Tentative dates: May 29-June 12 (plus optional segments May 25-29 and June 12-19).



Estimated Cost: $3600 + $100 Study Abroad Fee + tuition. $300 deposit towards costs of additional segments.


Contact: Seth Ward (, 6-9273 (307 766 9273)

Highlights of the 2009 and 2010 trips: Jerusalem—Western Wall, Holy Sepulchre,  Jerusalem Day with the Mayor. Tel Aviv: Beach and Shopping. Camel riding. Climbing Masada. University tours. Boat Ride


Proposed Summer 2011 itinerary for May 30-June 12:




SUMMER 2010 Itinerary:


Prepare for the Trip (also from 2010 but no real update needed):

Safety: Israelis live longer than Americans and generally have fewer deaths and serious injury due to non-medical reasons (including terror and war!) than is the case in the U.S.One set of statistics suggests that the rate in Wyoming is four times higher. These statistics should be approached with caution but are striking nonetheless.



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Information Sheet.

Description: Description: Information: Pre-registration works through the instructor. Email to indicate your interest.

Student participants need to submit an essay of about a page (250-300 words) about their reasons for participation in this course, and how it fits into their educational goals. At the heading of the essay please note your name, W number, and indicate that you plan to take this for credit, or any special credit request (“default” is RELI2040, but you may need to have the course listed as RELI4500 or RELI4900).

Registration and payment of a deposit by February 1 or as soon as possible after that time, and payment of all additional fees by April 1.


Topic: The course topic is “Judaism, Christianity and Islam in the State of Israel”  Participants will have an excellent sense of modern Israel as well as perspectives on Jewish, Christian and Islamic religious experiences. The dates are set to afford an opportunity to experience various festivals, including Description: Description: image008Ascension Day, Jerusalem Day, and the Jewish festival of Shavuot in the Holy Land.


Plan for the course: Expect about 15 hours preparation in Wyoming. Study Abroad helps assure that all necessary paperwork is in order. No prior visa is necessary for US citizens to visit Israel. Passports are required and should be valid for 6 months after projected travel.


Dates: The dates in the announcement are tentative and may be determined by availability and other considerations.


Description: Description: mara-Ward lecturing at Aoab SYnagogue4916_548312365913_45200044_32280331_3152157_nAcademic Credit Requirements: Attendance at most tours or lectures in Israel required for Credit. A paper or project completes academic requirements for those seeking 3 credits.


Funding: The University of Wyoming has a number of scholarship programs to support Study Abroad. Tuition grants such as Hathaway Scholarships might, and student loans and other types of financial aid may be applicable to costs of this program. The Instructor and International Programs will work with students to maximize funding possibilities.


Non UW Students: Students not matriculated at the University of Wyoming can participate; there is a $40 application fee to become a special student. Credits should transfer towards your degree. UW tuition is probably less than equivalent tuition at your home college or university. Please contact the Instructor for details.

Community Tour: Community participation is welcome!