Religion, Violence and Pea...
This course explores the varied relation between religion and violence or peacebuilding. The the subject of the matter is discussed in the light of a spectrum of perspectives on the relation between religion, violence and peacebuilding. The varied perspective include so called “essentialism,” “instrumentalism” and “constructivism.” These perspectives represent differrent views on the degree of religious roles on violence or peace ranging from scholars who sees religion possessing inherent potential to violence and others who downplay the significance of religions. Students will learn major theories that illustrate the differrent perspectives with reference to relevant case studies in Indonesia and beyond. Course reading are divided into three parts. The first part discusses key characteristics of religion identified by scholars as an inherent element of religion that cause violence such as the doctrines on just war, sacred plSelengkapnya »