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Organization, Regulations, and Courses 2021-22

GOVT 20.07 Religion and World Politics

This course examines the relationship between religious and political change, focusing on Africa, the Middle East, South Asia, and Ireland. Within Africa, we will examine the development of a theology of racial separation, known as apartheid, and its opponents; as well as religious tensions in Nigeria, most notably the challenge of Boko Haram to the cohesion of the Nigerian state. Topics will include theories concerning the clash of civilizations, the rise of fundamentalist political movements, liberation theologies, religion and violence, the relationship of religions to the State, and the religious dimensions of political movements. We will also examine the way in which religious and political perspectives on such issues as gender, sexuality, race, and war reinforce or clash with one another in the public arena of national and/or regional debates.



Cross Listed Courses

REL 69

Distributive and/or World Culture


The Timetable of Class Meetings contains the most up-to-date information about a course. It includes not only the meeting time and instructor, but also its official distributive and/or world culture designation. This information supersedes any information you may see elsewhere, to include what may appear in this ORC/Catalog or on a department/program website. Note that course attributes may change term to term therefore those in effect are those (only) during the term in which you enroll in the course.