HIST 387: Topics in Global History

HIST 387-004: Crusade and Jihad: From Medieval to Modern
(Spring 2019)

10:30 AM to 01:10 PM TR

West Building 1004

Section Information for Spring 2019

The role of religion in justifying violence has a long history.  The combination of faith and violence often is joined in the concept of “holy war”.  Two rival religions’ concepts of holy war will be explored in this course:  Christianity’s understanding of crusade and Islam’s understanding of jihad. While both crusade and jihad take their origins in the early days of each religion, more importantly both developed in scope and sophistication during the period of the crusades, from the late eleventh century to the fourteenth, as part of the complicated and fraught dialogue between Christianity and Islam in the Middle Ages.  While these events ended in the medieval period, the crusades are often understood to have continued bearing on the shape of the present.  This course will ask to what extent have these medieval events continue to animate and underlie events of today and the relationship between these two world religions. NOTE: 6-credit course

Mason Core (All)

Topic Varies

Satisfies the general education requirement in global understanding.

Non-Western Culture

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Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3-6

Study of historical topics or periods of special interest in global, Latin American, African, Asian, or Middle Eastern history. Notes: Topics announced in advance. May be repeated for credit when topic is different. May be repeated within the term.
Mason Core: Global Understanding
Specialized Designation: Non-Western Culture
Schedule Type: Lecture
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This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.
Additional Course Details: Title varies by section and/or semester

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