Course Description

The history and roots and of varieties of concepts of the divine in various religious traditions with a focus on religions of the Silk Road

This course fulfills the Humanities (IH) piece of the Montana State University CORE Curriculum or 3 credits of the Humanities degree requirement in Liberal Studies.

Meeting Place and Times



Holly Grether.

Assistant Teaching Professor at MSU

Holly Grether received her Ph.D. in Religious Studies from UC Santa Barbara in 2010. She has taught at MSU since 2007 and specializes in History of Religions with a focus on South Asia



Tuition and Fees

If you are accepted into a qualified online program, see the appropriate MSU Online Only Tuition and Fee table.

If you are also taking a face-to-face course, please refer to the MSU Fee Schedule

Required Books/Materials

Religions on the Silk Road: Premodern Patterns of Globalization
Richard Foltz
ISBN-13: 978-0230621251
Approx $31.00 new (paperback)
The Gnostics: Myth, Ritual, and Diversity in Early Christianity
David Brakke
ISBN-10: 0674066030
ISBN-13: 978-0674066038
Approx $16.00 new
The Spirit of Zoroastrianism
Prods Oktor Skjærvo
ISBN-10: 0300170351
ISBN-13: 978-0300170351
Approx $15.00 new (paperback)
Tao Te Ching
Victor Mair
Transl., 1990
ASIN: B0035AKU2U -
Approx $9.00, used (paperback)
Chuang Tzu
Burton Watson
Transl. 1996
ISBN-10: 0231105959
ISBN-13: 978-0231105958
Approx $25.00 new (paperback)

Additional readings to be posted on D2L (please print and bring them to "class"!)


Books will be available at the MSU bookstore and various online retailers.

Computer Requirements:

  • Internet access
  • A device and browser that pass the system check for Brightspace LE, MSU's learning management system.


For More Information

For course information: Please contact the instructor, Holly Grether at [email protected]

How to Register

You must be accepted as a student to Montana State University to take this course.

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