NES 2676

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Articulating and elaborating religious justifications for war is a cultural practice unique to the three monotheistic traditions and their respective textual communities. This notion and its practice have had profound historical consequences in the past that extend to and inform present-day global socio-political conflicts. The first part of this course will examine the origins of the concept of holy war, crusade and jihad and trace their cultural histories. The second part of the course will be devoted to discussing the ways in which contemporary discourses such as a "clash of civilizations," "the Evil Empire," "The Great Satan," and the "Axis of Evil" draw upon these respective cultural histories and explicitly or implicitly positing political conflict as a "battle for God."

When Offered Spring.

Breadth Requirement (GHB)
Distribution Category (HA-AS)
Course Attribute (CU-ITL)

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Syllabi: 1 available
  •   Choose one lecture and one discussion. Combined with: JWST 2676MEDVL 2676RELST 2676

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 15969NES 2676  LEC 001

  • 16355NES 2676  DIS 201

  • 16356NES 2676  DIS 202