Ancient Near Eastern Religions

Course content

This course will offer a unique opportunity to study some of the world’s oldest religions in a comparative perspective. It is an interdisciplinary initiative between the disciplines of the Study of Religions, Egyptology, and Assyriology. The course is theme-oriented and each unit has both a more theoretical part along with an empirical component that focuses on texts and objects from Egypt and Mesopotamia. Themes studied include deities and concepts of the divine, mythologies, temples and sacred space, ritual leaders and other religious agents, rituals and festivals, hymns and prayers, magic, healing rituals and divination, conceptions of death and afterlife. Students will also be introduced to the main textual sources (such as the Gilgamesh Epic, the Babylonian Epic of Creation, the Myth of Isis and Osiris, and the Book of the Dead), excerpts of which will be read in English translation.

Students will obtain a general overview of the basic theoretical debates in the history of religions, as well as a basic overview of religious beliefs and practices in ancient Egypt and ancient Mesopotamia (c. 3300 BCE – 300 CE). It is offered on BA and MA levels and will be co-taught by internationally recognized experts in their fields.



BA-studieordning for det centrale fag i Religionsvidenskab, 2015

BA tilvalgsstudieordning, gymnasierettet, 2015

BA tilvalgstudieordning i Religionsvidenskab, 2019

KA tilvalgsstudieordning i Religionsvidenskab, 2019

Assyrologi og Ægyptologi:

BA- studieordning for Nærorientalske old-tidskulturer med centralt fag i Assyriologi, Nærorientalsk arkæologi eller Ægyptologi, 2015


Learning outcome


BA 2015-studieordning
Valgfrit område (aktivitetskode HRVB00061E)
Valgfrit område med sprogudøvning (aktivitetskode HRVB00081E)
Bachelorprojekt (fagelementkode HRVB00091E)

BA tilvalg 2019-studieordning
Valgfrit område (aktivitetskode HRVB10231E) 

BA tilvalg 2015-studieordning, gymnasierettet
Valgfrit område med sprogudøvning (aktivitetskode HRVB10121E)

KA tilvalg 2019- studieordning
Frit valgt emne (aktivitetskode HRVK13001E)


BA 2015-studieordning:
Samfund B (aktivitetskode HASB00461E)


BA 2015-studieordning
Samfund B (atktivitetskode HÆGB00451E)

Lectures, discussions, student presentations

Information will be found on Absalon in good time before the course-start

Type of assessment
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Preparation
  • 328,5
  • Lectures
  • 84
  • English
  • 412,5