Religion and Conflict
Religious terrorism is on the rise. Even a cursory glance at world affairs will show that religion and politics is at the heart of today’s ongoing struggle between nations and ideol-ogy. Religion may be a motivator and catalyst in rallying popular support for waging war, and in fact may play a significant role in nurturing communal strife among various faith groups in their struggle to achieve governmental control.
This course is designed to acquaint students with the analytical study of religion, politics, conflict and religious terrorism on the world stage. By design, the course is interdiscipli-nary, covering areas in religion (theology/philosophy), sociology (ethno-religious & iden-tity conflicts), ethics and politics. Students will have an opportunity to focus on one or more of these areas for their semester paper. This course will help students comprehend the global resurgence of religion in intra-state and international affairs, and will focus on specific areas in the world where religion is the primary issue.
Through classroom lecture and discussion, reading assignments, media and student presen-tations, we will address the role religion and politics play in various global conflicts, the determination of whether religion is the basis of a given conflict, and possible resolutions to these conflicts.
Note: Attendance at first class session is strongly advised.