Religion and Politics|
Spring 2009 not offered
|Course Cluster: Christianity Studies, Jewish and Israel Studies|
How has religion affected political institutions and ideologies, and, in turn, been affected by them? Which religious values and institutions are compatible with democracy, and which ones go beyond democracy? Do political movements based on religion change the moral basis of a constitutional state? Can the concepts of law in religion and politics be reconciled? 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: (CIVI-MN)(ENVS-MN)(GOVT)(GOVT-Theory)
Weber, SOCIOLOGY OF RELIGION (selections)
Bourke, ed., THE ESSENTIAL AUGUSTINE
Morgan, THE PURITAN DILEMMA
U.S. Supreme Court cases
Reichley, FAITH IN POLITICS
Liebman and Don-Yehiya, CIVIL RELIGION IN ISRAEL
Esposito, ISLAM AND POLITICS
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Class presentation and paper; essay; midterm quiz; final exam.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Some background in social or political theory -- from GOVT, SOC, HIST, PHIL, RELI, CSS, or COL -- is helpful.
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