Religion and Politics|
Fall 2017 not offered
|Certificates: Civic Engagement, Environmental Studies|
|Course Cluster: Christianity Studies|
The Islamic State movement challenges state borders and the separation of mosque and state. Can theocracy be justified in political theory? In contrast, how can an organized religion accept public constitutional boundaries and rule? Can the concepts of law in religion and politics be reconciled? Should church and state be separate, and if so, how? How has religion affected political institutions, and, in turn, been affected by them? Which religious values are compatible with democracy, and which ones go beyond democracy? We will explore the relation of three monotheisms--Judaism, Christianity, and Islam--to political life in nation-states and empires through theoretical and empirical readings from ancient, medieval, and modern times.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Student Option|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
Heschel, THE PROPHETS, selections
Reichley, FAITH IN AMERICAN POLITICS
Morgan, THE PURITAN DILEMMA
Lee, RELIGION AND POLITICS IN THE MIDDLE EAST
Arian, THE SECOND REPUBLIC. POLITICS IN ISRAEL
Esposito, ISLAM. THE STRAIGHT PATH
|Examination and Assignments: |
One class presentation and paper; quiz; midterm paper; final exam.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This course is part of the Political Theory concentration in the Government major.