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Dr. Martha Selby, Chair 120 INNER CAMPUS DR STOP G9300 WCH 4.134 78712-1251 • 512-471-5811

Fall 2008

ANS 361 • Religious Sectarianism/Civil Violence in the Modern World-W

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
31305 MW
3:00 PM-4:30 PM
GAR 1.134

Course Description

In the modern world, a supposedly secular age, religious strife has taken an ever more murderous turn, destroying civil societies in countries as widely separated as Ireland, Lebanon, India, and Sri Lanka. From the partition of India in 1947 into the two states of India and Pakistan, to the civil war in Lebanon in the 1970s and 80s, religious differences have become the basis for political and civil strife. This course seeks to understand the interaction of religion and politics in a number of societies, with readings that are historical, literary, religious, and political. We will look at theories or religious fundamentalism, its relationship to political and economic modernization, and then examine a number of cases where religious differences have led to civil violence.

Grading Policy

Class participation based on discussion of the readings, oral reports, two short papers (5-7 pp.), and a final research paper (ca. 20 pp.).


(subject to change): Mark Juergensmeyer, The New Cold War?; Peter van der Veer, Religious Nationalism; SJ Tambiah, Buddhism Betrayed?; Thomas Friedman, From Beirut to Jerusalem; John Hawley, ed., Fundamentalism and Gender; A selection of novels


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