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Religion and Politics

GOVT 344
Spring 2017
Section: 01  
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.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS GOVT
Course Format: Lecture / DiscussionGrading Mode: Student Option
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CIVI-MN)(ENVS-MN)(GOVT)(GOVT-Theory)
Past Enrollment Probability: 75% - 89%

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