The Middle East: A Clash of Religions

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The Middle East: A Clash of Religions

<p>Since ancient times the struggle for dominance between the three major religions, Judaism, Islam and Christianity for control of not just the Holy Lands, but also the hearts and minds of people

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Since ancient times the struggle for dominance between the three major religions, Judaism, Islam and Christianity for control of not just the Holy Lands, but also the hearts and minds of people from Algeria to Jerusalem to Iran has led to violence and the intervention of people from other parts of the world. But it is not just about religion. Evaluate how important the role of religion is in the context of the total conflict.


COURSE OUTLINE

  • The role of religion in ancient, medieval and modern times up until 1914
  • The role of religion in more recent times, especially since the Second World War and the creation of the state of Israel


PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES
By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Understand the history behind the formation of the 3 major religions with their variations and different sects that have led to conflict through the rise of Islam, the Crusades and the rise of modern Zionism.
  2. Understand the growth of fundamentalism in all three religions and how they have played out in the geo-political conflict we know as the Middle East Conflict.