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POLI 7812 State-Church Relations in Comparative Perspective (Fall: 3 )


Course Description

Freedom of worship is a signature characteristic of democratic states, and yet governments have often had an uneasy relationship with organized religion. This seminar examines the evolution of policies and institutions that have accommodated and regulated religious exercise in Western Europe from the nineteenth century to the present, with some comparisons made to the United States. The central case studies include the Catholic Church, Jewish communities, and Islam in the West. Readings will reflect on processes of secularization, the separation of church and state, the emancipation of religious minorities, and the development of state-church relations with minority religious communities.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Jonathan Laurence

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments: Open to advanced undergraduate students by permission of the instructor.


Last Updated: 17-Feb-16