Religion, Conflict and Holy War in the Pre-Modern West: Sects and Violence


Violence as a cultural phenomenon in the pre-modern world. How did enactment of violence, objectification by violence and immunity from violence produce social, political and religious identities? Topics: the dialectic of violence and peacemaking in the Christian tradition; aesthetics, performance and emotions in violent confrontations; the role of violence in state and community formation; religious groups as mediators and fomenters of conflict; violence in millenarian movements. Readings combine primary sources, secondary sources and theory. Students of anthropology, law and political studies will find topics of interest.
Curriculum Codes
  • CCI
  • EI
  • W
  • CZ
  • SS
Cross-Listed As
  • HISTORY 506S
Typically Offered
Fall and/or Spring