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POLI 3430 Religion, Rebellion, and Revolution (Spring: 3 )


Course Description

The first political revolution was the English Revolution, otherwise known as the Puritan Revolution. The theoretical framework employed in this course understands religion as both a source of domination and as an instrument of social change. In the course, we will inquire into the origins of the relationship between religion and rebellion in both the Western and Eastern traditions: in the Messianism of ancient Judaism and early Christianity and in the Mandate of Heaven in China. The course shall engage in a comparative-historical examination of the role of religion in both religious and secular revolutions (e.g. the English, French, Russian, Chinese and Iranian Revolutions among others). It will pay particular attention to messianic movements, religious communists, heretical sects, and secular religions.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Warren S. Goldstein

Prerequisites: None

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Last Updated: 30-Sep-16