The Religious Roots of Europe (RRE) is a two-year Nordic Master’s programme offered by the Centre for Theology and Religious Studies at Lund University in cooperation with the universities of Copenhagen and Oslo. The programme is focused on the formative periods of Judaism, Islam and Christianity, their common roots, early interaction and contributions to European culture. The programme is unique in its focus on the formation of all three religions in a comparative perspective. The programme prepares students for educational and social work in a multi-religious society or research on the role of the three religions in European history and society. Through the programme, students acquire detailed knowledge about the formation of the three religions and their interaction with one another, as well as skills relevant for any occupation or study where the role of the three religions is of importance.
As a joint Nordic programme, it gives students access to the professors and research of three different universities, as well as to the Nordic institutes in Rome, which are associated with the programme. Lund University, as well as its partners, is internationally recognised for its research in this field of study. The use of e-learning, local tutorials and joint Nordic compact seminars provides a unique combination of campus studies and exchange with students based at other universities.
The Study of Ancient Religion (15 credits)
The Emergence of Judaism, Christianity & Islam (15 credits)
Interreligious Relations: Defining Moments, Current Encounters (10 credits)
Thesis Colloquium (10 credits)
Master’s thesis (30 credits)
Interaction courses (10 credits), e.g.
Space, Art, and Identity in Synagogue, Church and Mosque, Text courses
Rabbinic Literature, and Ancient Language courses
Hebrew & Arabic
The teaching combines e-learning, compact seminars, course assignments, tutorials and traditional teaching. Student mobility is essential to the programme. As a student, you are expected to participate in compact seminars at the other Nordic host institutions and at the Nordic institutes in the Mediterranean Area. Travel and accommodation are financed by the students. These extra expenses will be in the order of EUR 1 500 for the two years of study.
The formation of multi-religious societies in Europe and the increasing role of religion today create a need for individuals with an in-depth knowledge of the formation and history of religions, especially Judaism, Christianity and Islam, as well as a need for future research in the field. A graduate from this programme will be able to enter into specialised occupations in churches, government institutions, organisations dealing with culture, integration or diplomacy, and in private firms that may, for example, be focused on business relations with the Middle East. The programme also provides an excellent basis for PhD studies.