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Cornell University    
 
    
 
  Sep 23, 2017
 
Courses of Study 2016-2017 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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NES 2651 - [Holy War, Crusade, and Jihad in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam]

(crosslisted) JWST 2651 , RELST 2651  
(GHB) (HA-AS)      
Spring. Not offered 2016-2017. 3 credits.

R. Brann.

Articulating and elaborating religious justifications for war is a cultural practice unique to the three monotheistic traditions and their respective textual communities. This notion and its practice have had profound historical consequences in the past that extend to and inform present-day global socio-political conflicts. The first part of this course will examine the origins of the concept of holy war, crusade and jihad and trace their cultural histories. The second part of the course will be devoted to discussing the ways in which contemporary discourses such as a “clash of civilizations,” “the Evil Empire,” “The Great Satan,” and the “Axis of Evil” draw upon these respective cultural histories and explicitly or implicitly positing political conflict as a “battle for God.”



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