THFS 327. Religion and Terrorism

The September 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center buildings in New York City and the ensuing “war on terror” have heightened public awareness of the often close link between religion and violence.  This course will explore the complex and disturbing relationship between religion and violence in various religious traditions.  Primary attention will be given to the actions of non-governmental entities, but the course will also look at ways in which governments have used religious arguments to support acts of violence.  The course will also examine ways in which religion might be used to reduce the amount and severity of religious and political violence in the contemporary world.
Offered: Regularly
Credits: 3