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Less Well-Known World Religions:
Part II
Paul Mojzes

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: These special three, 2-hour lectures provide an overview of the origins, developments, and current status of some of the world's lesser-known religions. Millions of people have been influenced by or are followers of religions such as Sikhism and Zoroastrianism in China, Japan, India, Persia, and the Near East. In addition, there are other primal/tribal religions as well as some new religious movements that will be discussed. While Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity and Islam are reasonably well-known, this series will expose attendees to the more obscure faiths found around the globe.  

1. Sikhism: Guru Nanak's 16th century attempt to resolve Muslim-Hindu tensions by a monotheistic pacifistic universalism.  Survival techniques.
2. Zoroastrianism: Persia's Zarathustra and his dualistic vision of cosmic fight between good and evil.  Oppressed by Islam in Iran, it survives as Parsism in India.
3. Features of African and American primal/tribal religions. New Religious Movements, such the Baha'i, Mormons, Seventh Day Adventists, Moonies, Hare Krishnas, and Rissho Kosei Kai.

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Dr. Paul Mojzes is professor emeritus of religious studies at Rosemont College, Rosemont, Pennsylvania, where he also served the Provost and Academic Dean. He is a native of Yugoslavia who studied at Belgrade University Law School, received the AB degree summa cum laude from Florida Southern College and PhD degree from Boston University in Eastern European Church History. He is the co-editor of the Journal of Ecumenical Studies, and founder and editor of Occasional Papers on Religion in Eastern Europe.  Author of six and editor of fourteen books he has written over 100 articles and chapters in books. Among his recent books are Balkan Genocides: Holocaust and Ethnic Cleansing in the Twentieth Century; Yugoslavian Inferno: Ethnoreligious Warfare in the Balkans, Religious Liberty in Eastern Europe and the USSR, and he has edited Religion and War in Bosnia and co-edited Interreligious Dialogue Toward Reconciliation in Macedonia and Bosnia.

Time: 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Date: Fridays, October 6, 13, 20
Location: Barry and Florence Friedberg Auditorium, Boca Raton Campus
Fees: Member - $50
Non-member - $65
Cash will no longer be accepted as payment for lectures.

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