Why is it the case that most religions profess peace and harmony, as a central aspect of their practice, yet many adherents to a faith find no difficulty in justifying violence in its name?
If you are interested in the relationship between religion, militancy and terror then this module will be highly thought-provoking. To fully explore these ideas, a case study of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan will provide substance to the theoretical terrain being explored. Pakistan has come to prominence in the 21st century, partly due to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, but, for our purposes, also because it is one of two states with an explicitly religious cause to its formation (the other being Israel). An overview of the state formation, the economic development and social institutions of Pakistan will provide you with a base for a fuller understanding of the crucial questions of religion, militancy and terror which have wider resonance to other parts of the world.
You will develop a critical awareness of the different approaches to conceptualising the relationships between religion and politics, a basic understanding of the social institutions of Pakistan, and a sensitivity to the distinctions and continuities between militancy and terrorism.
Timing and CATS
This module will run in the Spring Term of the 2017/18 academic year, and is worth 20 CATS