RELIGION 402 - Topics in Religion
Section: 001 Peace/Nonviolence in Islamic Cultures
Term: WN 2018
Subject: Religion (RELIGION)
Department: LSA Studies in Religion
Advisory Prerequisites:
Junior standing or permission of instructor.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

It's often presumed that Muslims today have no traditions of peace and nonviolence in statecraft or everyday life. Those presumptions are convenient for white supremacy in America and Europe, and they easily become the basis for Islamophobia and the so-called “Clash of Civilizations” driving misunderstanding and war. This course questions those claims. Students will explore and chart a spectrum of cultural ideas and practices throughout time from the 7th to the 15th centuries, as found in sacred texts, as well as secular arts and humanities, everyday customs, and patterns of cosmopolitanism and civilization evidenced in architecture and archaeology. We will focus on (1) conflict prevention (2) conflict resolution (3) and structural peace, which might be defined as long-term strategies and civilizational institutions that alleviate the root causes of injustice (and violence), such as poverty, lack of education and social mobility, and ethnic and religious tensions.

Intended Audience:

Undergraduate and Graduate students

Class Format:

Two 90-minute meetings weekly

RELIGION 402 - Topics in Religion
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
002 (LEC)
Tu 4:00PM - 7:00PM
003 (LEC)
MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
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ISBN: 0801886562
Chimpanzee politics : power and sex among apes, Author: Waal, Frans B. M. de., Publisher: Johns Hopkins Univ. Press 2007
ISBN: 1860641814
Loyalty and leadership in an early Islamic society, Author: Roy P. Mottahedeh., Publisher: Tauris Rev. ed. 2001
ISBN: 0253341191
The poetics of islamic legitimacy : myth, gender, and ceremony in the classical Arabic ode, Author: Suzanne Pinckney Stetkevych., Publisher: Indiana university press 2002
ISBN: 0268074658
Arabic literary salons in the Islamic Middle Ages poetry, public performance, and the presentation of the past, Author: Samer M. Ali., Publisher: University of Notre Dame Press 2010
ISBN: 0486812014
Civilization and Its Discontents., Author: Freud, Sigmund,, Publisher: Dover Publications 2016
ISBN: 9780691178318
WHAT IS ISLAM? : the importance of being islamic., Author: AHMED, SHAHAB., Publisher: PRINCETON UNIV PRESS 2017
ISBN: 9780061189036
The great theft : wrestling Islam from the extremists, Author: Khaled Abou El Fadl., Publisher: HarperOne 1st Harper 2007
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