In the last decade or so, a plethora of articles and books have been written on the topic of “violence and religion” and “religious violence” (they may or may not be the same thing). Although not all of these works have been explicitly comparative, they all, by virtue of their employment of the very terminology, partake of the discourse of comparative religion, whether they do so explicitly or not. Is there, then, a common theoretical move that links these seemingly naturally conjoined terms, religion and violence? In talking about “religion and violence” or “religious violence,” what do we gain? what do we lose? Given that the academy has, across the board, grown increasingly suspicious of talk of such universal categories as mysticism, myth, theology and, especially, religion, have we perhaps let “religious violence” fly under our theoretical radars? This course attempts to address these issues, and attempts to come to some common understanding of what religion violence is and what causes it.
Grades will be based on: 1. Two essays of approximately 1500 words (50%); 2. Active participation in all aspects of the course (50%), including timely, thoughtful postings. Participation Grades will be based on the quality and consistency of your posts; this includes both your initial substantive post, and your responses to your peers.
By the end of Week Eight, you will submit a 1000 word (maximum) Evaluation of your postings for the course, along with the grade you believe you deserve. Although I will reserve the final decision in this matter, I will very heavily weigh your own evaluation of your written participation in the course in assigning you a final grade.
Incompletes and Pass/Fail are not offered for this course
|Jun 14, 2019||Fri||Introductions||due by 05:59AM|
|Jun 20, 2019||Thu||Week Two: Thinking Theoretically||due by 05:59AM|
|Jun 27, 2019||Thu||Week Three: Case Studies||due by 05:59AM|
|Jul 04, 2019||Thu||Week Four: The "Logic" of Religious Violence||due by 05:59AM|
|Jul 11, 2019||Thu||Week Five: Waco and Jonestown||due by 05:59AM|
|Jul 18, 2019||Thu||Week Six: Religious Violence, Religious Identity||due by 05:59AM|
|Jul 25, 2019||Thu||Week Seven: On Terrorism as Religious Violence||due by 05:59AM|
|Aug 01, 2019||Thu||Week Eight: 9/11, A Different Perspect||due by 05:59AM|
|Aug 08, 2019||Thu||Week Nine: Fractured Identities||due by 05:59AM|
|Aug 15, 2019||Thu||Week Ten: And Now What Are We Really Talking About?||due by 05:59AM|