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POLI 1045 Religion in a Secular World: Separating Church, Mosque, and State (Spring: 3 )


Course Description

The course investigates how the modern state in Europe and the Middle East has led to changes within Islam and Christianity. Over the past two centuries, Roman Catholicism and Sunni Muslim religious authorities gradually came to operate under the secular rule of law, changing their internal rules and external activities. The modern State has defined itself in opposition to religion, but it has also appropriated many traditional religious roles in defining education, justice and social norms. We will look closely at moments of major change to see how religious actors adapt to new circumstances. We will examine the State’s impact upon religious institutions, and ask how these institutions shape the aims and activities of Muslim and Roman Catholic faith communities. Together, we will explore how the two largest transnational religious communities in the world have sought to coexist in a world dominated by nation-states.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Jonathan Laurence

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments: Core Renewal Course: Enduring Questions For Freshmen Only


Last Updated: 03-Mar-17