Degree: Master of Arts

Duration: 2-3 years

Language: Turkish

Program Description: This program aims examining the religions all over the world from past to present. Its main research areas Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism as well as Jainism Sikhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Shintoism, Zoroastrianism, Mandaeans and Manicheism. The program analyzes the historical development of religions with respect to their origins, formations, articles of faith, acts of worship, and ethical principles by using both historical and comparative perspectives. The inclusive nature of the field necessitates a systematic collaboration between History of Religions and other human sciences, such as History, Phenomenology of Religion, Sociology of Religion, Psychology of Religion, Philosophy of Religion and especially Philology, due to being deciphered religious scriptures through philological examination. The program also makes use of the fields such as Mythology, Ethnology, Archeology, History of Arts, Folklore, etc.  Students who graduate from program are able to explain the basic concepts of History of Religions deeply, to consider the relevant literature, to study sacred texts by using classical language, to share information about History of Religions verbal or written at the national/international level and to carry out a study which requiring expertise. Hilmi Ömer Budda, Annemarie Schimmel, Hikmet Tanyu, Mehmet Taplamacıoğlu, Günay Tümer, Mehmet Aydın, Abdurrahman Küçük, and Mustafa Erdem are among the well-known professors who have contributed to the enrichment of the Department.

Graduation Requirements: Master’s Degree Program with thesis consists of at least seven courses, one seminar, other educational activities and thesis that totals to a minimum of 21 National Credits and 120 ECTS. Students should take 60 ETCS from courses and seminar, and 60 ECTS from thesis. Non-thesis Master’s Degree Program consist of at least 10 courses and semester project that totals to a minimum of 30 National Credits and 90 ECTS. In order to be successful in a course, student’s grade must at least 2,75 out of 4.

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