Document Type

Undergraduate Syllabus


Spring 2019



Course Number

DIPL/Core 3851

Course Description

This course will examine wars of religion and religious views of war, focusing particularly on how religion has informed the international laws of war. We are living through an era fraught with religious warfare - wars animated by religious conflict and wars that use religious abuse as weapons to demoralize and subdue the enemy. The course will focus on three major religious traditions (primarily Judaism, Christianity and Islam) and set in dialogue their respective views of war, assess their contributions to the contemporary norms of war, and examine particular historical episodes of religious conflict notably the Crusades as well as a number of religious conflicts in the 20th and 21st centuries. These case studies will include the India-Pakistan conflict, the Bosnian civil war, the Arab-Israeli conflict, the Al-Qaeda and September 11th events and the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).