10:30 AM to 01:10 PM TR
West Building 1004
Section Information for Spring 2019
The role of religion in justifying violence has a long history. The combination of faith and violence often is joined in the concept of “holy war”. Two rival religions’ concepts of holy war will be explored in this course: Christianity’s understanding of crusade and Islam’s understanding of jihad. While both crusade and jihad take their origins in the early days of each religion, more importantly both developed in scope and sophistication during the period of the crusades, from the late eleventh century to the fourteenth, as part of the complicated and fraught dialogue between Christianity and Islam in the Middle Ages. While these events ended in the medieval period, the crusades are often understood to have continued bearing on the shape of the present. This course will ask to what extent have these medieval events continue to animate and underlie events of today and the relationship between these two world religions.
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