With the collapse of Communism many people believed that conflict in Europe between differing world-views was a thing of the past. Unfortunately, intolerance, discrimination and renewed conflicts based on religion have shown this judgment to be premature. We will examine the continent’s long history of religious conflict, and especially the ways in which local and global religious tensions have developed in recent years. We will also look at the ways in which contemporary religious leaders and communities of all faiths are profoundly involved in attempts to find solutions to these problems, together with such institutions as the European Union, the Council of Europe and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. The course will also include discussions with representatives of various religious groups in Strasbourg. Cross-listed with PSC 456.
For Syracuse University students, this course satisfies a Liberal Arts Core requirement for humanities.
Semesters: Fall, Spring