Syllabus: War, Religion, and Civilization 1 (Fall 2007)
 

War, Religion, and Civilization 1 (Fall 2007)

Wednesday (1:00-2:00); Friday (1:00-3:00)

Underwood College

Horace Jeffery Hodges

 

Course Description: As the name probably suggests, the course will make use of Samuel P. Huntington, specifically his clash-of-civilizations theory, which argues that civilizations clash because they are based upon religions appealing to different fundamental values. In this course, we will be investigating Judaism, Christianity, and Islam as religions and as civilizations and with an eye to their views on war. (In “War, Religion, and Civilization 2,” Spring 2008, this focus may be expanded.)

 

Weekly Assignments: The required readings are given below, class by class, and we will discuss these required readings thoroughly, as in a seminar. I have also listed, further below, other sources that students might wish to use for research.

 

Classtime Work: Reading, analysis, and discussion of selected articles from the list below. Students are expected to read each assignment before class and come prepared for discussion.

 

Graded Work: Thesis paper of about 15 paragraphs, with formal thesis statement, reputable sources, citations, and bibliography. Two drafts to be written, each graded, with course grade depending on improvement.

 

Week                              Assignment

 

1.   9/5                Introduction

      9/7                Handout: Thesis Statement

 

Civilization

 

2.   9/12              Huntington, “Clash of Civilizations” (23 pages)

      9/14              Huntington, “Clash of Civilizations”; Handout: Introductory Paragraph

3.   9/19              Oakes, “Review: Brague, Eccentric Culture” (5 pages)

      9/21              Shiffman, “Neither Greek nor Jew (Review of Brague)” (6 pages)

4.   9/26              Chusok Holiday

      9/28              Walzer, “Universalism and Jewish Values” (18 pages)

5.   10/3              Holiday

      10/5              Lewis, “Roots of Muslim Rage” (17 pages)

 

Religion

 

6.   10/10            Murray, “Philosophy and Christian Theology” (14 pages)

      10/12            Kohler, “Judaism” (22 pages)

7.   10/17            Kohler, “Judaism” (22 pages)

      10/19            Rahman, “Islam” (23 pages)

8.   10/24            Midterm Week: Thesis Statement Due

      10/26            Midterm Week: No Class

9.   10/31            Besancon, “What kind of Religion is Islam?” (20 pages)

 

War

 

      11/2              Johnson, “Just War, As It Was and Is” (20 pages)

10. 11/7              Madden, “The Real History of the Crusades” (11 pages)

      11/9              Class Cancelled

11. 11/14            Gopin, “Judaism, the Limits of War . . . .” (28 pages)

      11/16            Bennett/Kunkel, “Concept of Violence, War and Jihad . . . ” (23 pages)

12. 11/21            Harris, “Jihad Then and Now (Review Bostom)” (10 pages)

      11/23            Brief Presentations

13. 11/28            Brief Presentations

      11/30            Essay Due: First Draft

14. 12/5              Essays Graded, Corrected, and Returned

      12/7              Discussion

15. 12/12            Discussion

      12/14            Discussion

16. 12/19            Discussion

      12/21            Essay Due: Final Draft

 

 

Religion:

 

Besancon, “What kind of Religion is Islam?” (20 pages)

Butterfield, “Christianity in History” (60 pages)

Kohler, “Judaism” (22 pages)

Kohler, “Christianity” (22 pages)

Kohler and Goldziher, “Islam” (17 pages)

Murray, “Philosophy and Christian Theology” (14 pages)

Rahman, “Islam” (23 pages)

 

Civilization:

 

Fukuyama, “End of History” (17 pages)

Gigot, “History of the Jews” (Catholic Encyclopedia) (30 pages)

Goldschmidt, “Islamic Civilization” (17 pages)

Huntington, “Clash of Civilizations” (23 pages)

Lewis, “Roots of Muslim Rage” (17 pages)

Meyer, “Western Civilization” (10 pages)

Oakes, “Review: Brague, Eccentric Culture: Theory of Western Civilization” (5 pages)

Shiffman, “Neither Greek nor Jew (Review of Brague)” (6 pages)

Walzer, “Universalism and Jewish Values” (18 pages)

 

War:

 

Aquinas, “Of War” (Summa Theologica) (excerpts: 8 pages)

Bennett and Kunkel, “The Concept of Violence, War and Jihad in Islam” (23 pages)

Gopin, “Judaism, the Limits of War, and Conflict Resolution” (28 pages)

Harris, “Jihad Then and Now (Review Bostom)” (10 pages)

Johnson, “Just War, As It Was and Is” (20 pages)

Macksey, “War” (Catholic) (Catholic Encyclopedia) (11 pages)

Madden, “The Real History of the Crusades” (11 pages)

Mills, “Ten Counterinsurgency Commandments” (11 pages)

Najdi, “Management of Savagery” (excerpts: ??)

Nirenberg, “Truth and Consequences” (12 pages)

Orend, “War” (Stanford Encyclopedia) (33 pages)

Sageman, “Understanding Terror Networks” (8 pages)

Seligsohn, “War” (Judaism) (Jewish Encyclopedia) (7 pages)