Religion, Conflict, and Peace HTE539

Published: October 27, 2022

Instructor: Joe Liechty, PhD

In situations around the world and involving many faith traditions, religion is increasingly recognized as a significant factor in both conflict and peace. Many demographic, cultural, and political trends suggest that the significance of religion for conflict and peace is likely to continue for the foreseeable future.  Nonetheless, even academics, diplomats, peace practitioners, and religious adherents who recognize this reality may be ill-prepared to think well or do anything constructive about it, because their training has given them little skill or insight in this area. This course will seek to address that need by considering (1) ways in which religion is a factor in creating, nurturing, sustaining, and allowing destructive conflict and how that influence may be countered or even transformed; and (2) the role of religion in fostering peace and how that potential may be freed. The course will introduce a variety of approaches, theoretical and practical, to issues of religion, conflict, and peace, along with a range of case studies.