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MA

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12 months

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About Religion and Pluralism, Ancient & Modern at University of Groningen

How did the ancient Romans view religious-political differences? How did ancient Jewish, Christian, and Muslim authorities use authoritative texts? What potential for pluralism exists in modern monotheisms and secularisms?

Tension between group solidarity and productive relationswith ' others'  has been part of human history for as long asevidence exists. In Europe it has played out most enduringly inrelations among the monotheistic religions: Judaism, Christianity,and Islam. Today, in the face of mass migration from Muslimregions, questions of political identity and belonging remain boundup with religious affiliation. This one-year degree programmefocuses on relations between Jews, Christians and Muslims in theantique world and how these relations have formed our modernsociety. We will explore concepts as religious pluralism, politics,and their many interfaces globally in particular.

In this track within the Master's Programme in Theology& Religious Studies, you will:

* examine the literary sources of Judaism, Christianity,and Islam in a historically informed way in order to bring criticalperspectives to modern interpretations;
* identify continuing issues in Jewish, Christian, and Islamicself-definition, toleration of difference, and exclusionary orconversionist tendencies;
* map a range of ancient possibilities for coexistence orconviviality and their opposites under changingconditions.

How did the Romans view religious-political differences? How did ancient Jewish, Christian, and Muslim authorities use authoritative texts? What potential for pluralism exists in modern monotheisms and secularisms?

Tension between group solidarity and productive relationswith ' others'  has been part of human history for as long asevidence exists. In Europe it has played out most enduringly inrelations among the monotheistic religions: Judaism, Christianity,and Islam. Today, in the face of mass migration from Muslimregions, questions of political identity and belonging remain boundup with religious affiliation. This one-year degree programmefocuses on relations between Jews, Christians and Muslims in theantique world and how these relations have formed our modernsociety. We will explore concepts as religious pluralism, politics,and their many interfaces globally in particular.

In this track you will:

  • examine the literary sources of Judaism, Christianity,and Islam in a historically informed way in order to bring criticalperspectives to modern interpretations;
  • identify continuing issues in Jewish, Christian, andIslamic self-definition, toleration of difference, and exclusionaryor conversionist tendencies;
  • map a range of ancient possibilities for coexistence orconviviality and their opposites under changingconditions.

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Liberal Arts and SciencesUniversity of Groningen

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Required: letter of motivation, overview of results of your bachelor program, CV, writing sample of academic paper. Dependingon your former study and courses a reading package will beprovided. We assume that you are aware of the concepts and theoretical discussions outlined in this literature.

HistoryUniversity of Groningen

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Classical StudiesUniversity of Groningen

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Middle Eastern StudiesUniversity of Groningen

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Required: letter of motivation, overview of results of your bachelor program, CV, writing sample of academic paper. Dependingon your former study and courses a reading package will beprovided. We assume that you are aware of the concepts and theoretical discussions outlined in this literature.

Religious StudiesUniversity of Groningen

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Required: letter of motivation, overview of results of your bachelor program, CV, writing sample of academic paper. Dependingon your former study and courses a reading package will beprovided. We assume that you are aware of the concepts and theoretical discussions outlined in this literature.

TheologyUniversity of Groningen

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Required: letter of motivation, overview of results of your bachelor program, CV, writing sample of academic paper. Dependingon your former study and courses a reading package will beprovided. We assume that you are aware of the concepts and theoretical discussions outlined in this literature.

PhilosophyUniversity of Groningen

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Required: letter of motivation, overview of results of your bachelor program, CV, writing sample of academic paper. Dependingon your former study and courses a reading package will beprovided. We assume that you are aware of the concepts and theoretical discussions outlined in this literature.

ArchaeologyUniversity of Groningen

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Arabische Taal en CultuurUniversity of Amsterdam

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HistoryUniversity of Amsterdam

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ClassicsUniversity of Amsterdam

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Latin Language and CultureUniversity of Amsterdam

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Arabische Taal en CultuurUniversity of Amsterdam

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ReligiewetenschappenUniversity of Amsterdam

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Liberal Arts and Sciences (joint degree)University of Amsterdam

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Political ScienceUniversity of Amsterdam

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Required: letter of motivation, overview of results of your bachelor program, CV, writing sample of academic paper. Dependingon your former study and courses a reading package will beprovided. We assume that you are aware of the concepts and theoretical discussions outlined in this literature.

Archeologie en PrehistorieUniversity of Amsterdam

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HistoryVU University Amsterdam

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ArchaeologyVU University Amsterdam

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Required: letter of motivation, overview of results of your bachelor program, CV, writing sample of academic paper. Dependingon your former study and courses a reading package will beprovided. We assume that you are aware of the concepts and theoretical discussions outlined in this literature.

ClassicsVU University Amsterdam

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Required: letter of motivation, overview of results of your bachelor program, CV, writing sample of academic paper. Dependingon your former study and courses a reading package will beprovided. We assume that you are aware of the concepts and theoretical discussions outlined in this literature.

Ancient StudiesVU University Amsterdam

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Required: letter of motivation, overview of results of your bachelor program, CV, writing sample of academic paper. Dependingon your former study and courses a reading package will beprovided. We assume that you are aware of the concepts and theoretical discussions outlined in this literature.

Religie en LevensbeschouwingVU University Amsterdam

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Required: letter of motivation, overview of results of your bachelor program, CV, writing sample of academic paper. Dependingon your former study and courses a reading package will beprovided. We assume that you are aware of the concepts and theoretical discussions outlined in this literature.

Religie en LevensbeschouwingVU University Amsterdam

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Required: letter of motivation, overview of results of your bachelor program, CV, writing sample of academic paper. Dependingon your former study and courses a reading package will beprovided. We assume that you are aware of the concepts and theoretical discussions outlined in this literature.

Theology (joint degree)VU University Amsterdam

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Required: letter of motivation, overview of results of your bachelor program, CV, writing sample of academic paper. Dependingon your former study and courses a reading package will beprovided. We assume that you are aware of the concepts and theoretical discussions outlined in this literature.

PhilosophyVU University Amsterdam

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Required: letter of motivation, overview of results of your bachelor program, CV, writing sample of academic paper. Dependingon your former study and courses a reading package will beprovided. We assume that you are aware of the concepts and theoretical discussions outlined in this literature.

Philosophy, Politics and EconomicsVU University Amsterdam

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Required: letter of motivation, overview of results of your bachelor program, CV, writing sample of academic paper. Dependingon your former study and courses a reading package will beprovided. We assume that you are aware of the concepts and theoretical discussions outlined in this literature.

ArchaeologyVU University Amsterdam

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Political ScienceVU University Amsterdam

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Required: letter of motivation, overview of results of your bachelor program, CV, writing sample of academic paper. Dependingon your former study and courses a reading package will beprovided. We assume that you are aware of the concepts and theoretical discussions outlined in this literature.

Algemene CultuurwetenschappenAll Research universities

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Interdisciplinary Social SciencesAll Research universities

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Cultural Anthropology and Development SociologyAll Research universities

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Cultural StudiesAll Research universities

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European Languages and CulturesAll Research universities

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European StudiesAll Research universities

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Liberal Arts and SciencesAll Research universities

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SociologyAll Research universities

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ArchaeologyLeiden University

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Required: letter of motivation, overview of results of your bachelor program, CV, writing sample of academic paper. Dependingon your former study and courses a reading package will beprovided. We assume that you are aware of the concepts and theoretical discussions outlined in this literature.

HistoryLeiden University

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ClassicsLeiden University

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Required: letter of motivation, overview of results of your bachelor program, CV, writing sample of academic paper. Dependingon your former study and courses a reading package will beprovided. We assume that you are aware of the concepts and theoretical discussions outlined in this literature.

Middle Eastern StudiesLeiden University

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Required: letter of motivation, overview of results of your bachelor program, CV, writing sample of academic paper. Dependingon your former study and courses a reading package will beprovided. We assume that you are aware of the concepts and theoretical discussions outlined in this literature.

Ancient Cultures of the Mediterranean WorldLeiden University

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ReligiewetenschappenLeiden University

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PhilosophyLeiden University

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Required: letter of motivation, overview of results of your bachelor program, CV, writing sample of academic paper. Dependingon your former study and courses a reading package will beprovided. We assume that you are aware of the concepts and theoretical discussions outlined in this literature.

Liberal Arts and Sciences: Global ChallengesLeiden University

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Required: letter of motivation, overview of results of your bachelor program, CV, writing sample of academic paper. Dependingon your former study and courses a reading package will beprovided. We assume that you are aware of the concepts and theoretical discussions outlined in this literature.

Political ScienceLeiden University

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Required: letter of motivation, overview of results of your bachelor program, CV, writing sample of academic paper. Dependingon your former study and courses a reading package will beprovided. We assume that you are aware of the concepts and theoretical discussions outlined in this literature.

Cultural StudiesMaastricht University

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Required: letter of motivation, overview of results of your bachelor program, CV, writing sample of academic paper. Dependingon your former study and courses a reading package will beprovided. We assume that you are aware of the concepts and theoretical discussions outlined in this literature.

Liberal Arts and SciencesMaastricht University

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Admission requirements

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grade list

A grade list of the marks of your bachelor's degree programmewith an explanation of the followed courses.

language test

TOEFL: 580 paper/237 computer/92 internet; IELTS: 6.5 (6.0 oneach part) (not for native speakers)

previous education

Bachelor degree in Theology, Religious Studies, Arts, Philosophyor Social Science (e.g. Anthropology, Psychology, Sociology).Depending on your former study and courses a reading package willbe provided. We assume that you are aware of the concepts and theoretical discussions outlined in this literature. Students withanother bachelor's degree can be permitted via a bridgingprogramme.

written request

A letter of motivation to the admissions committee explainingthe choice for this study programme (max. 1 page) is required, justlike an overview of your bachelor programme, a Curriculum Vitae anda writing sample of an academic paper in OAS (Online ApplicationSystem).

other admission requirements

Dutch students send all the documentation by mail to onderwijs.ggw@rug.nl, evenif a direct access is applicable.

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
grade list

A grade list of the marks of your bachelor's degree programmewith an explanation of the followed courses.

language test

A (English) language test is only important if you do not have aVWO-diploma. Minimum requirements: TOEFL 580 paper/237 computer/92internet or IELTS: 6.5 (6.0 on each part)

previous education

Bachelor's degree in Theology, Religious Studies, Arts,Philosophy or Social Science (e.g. Anthropology, Psychology,Sociology). Depending on your former study and courses a readingpackage will be provided. We assume that you are aware of theconcepts and theoretical discussions outlined in this literature.Students with another bachelor's degree may be admitted via abridging programme.

written request

A letter of motivation to the admissions committee explainingthe choice for this study programme (max. 1 page) is required, justlike an overview of your bachelor's programme, a Curriculum Vitaeand a writing sample of an academic paper are part of theadmissions procedure.

other admission requirements

Dutch students send all the documentation by mail to onderwijs.ggw@rug.nl, evenif a direct access is applicable.

Language requirements

ExamMinimum score
IELTS overall band6.5
IELTS listening6
IELTS reading6
IELTS writing6
TOEFL paper based580
TOEFL computer based237
TOEFL internet based92

Tuition fees

NationalityYearFeeProgramme form
EU/EEA2017-2018€ 2006full-time
EU/EEA2018-2019€ 2060full-time
NationalityYearFeeProgramme form
EU/EEA2017-2018€ 2006full-time
non-EU/EEA2017-2018€ 11400full-time
EU/EEA2018-2019€ 2060full-time
non-EU/EEA2018-2019€ 11500full-time
NationalityYearFeeProgramme form
EU/EEA2017-2018€ 2006full-time
EU/EEA2018-2019€ 2060full-time

Talent Grant available for Non-EU students, check this and otherfunding options here: https://www.rug.nl/(...)-scholarships-theors

Application deadlines

Type of studentDeadlineStart course
EU/EEA students01 May 201801 September 2018
01 May 201901 September 2019
non-EU/EEA students01 April 201801 September 2018
01 April 201901 September 2019
Type of studentDeadlineStart course
Dutch students01 May 201801 September 2018
01 May 201901 September 2019
Type of studentDeadlineStart course
EU/EEA students01 May 201801 September 2018
01 May 201901 September 2019

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