War and Religion

Course Information
TitleΠόλεμος και Θρησκεία / War and Religion
FacultyEconomic and Political Sciences
SchoolPolitical Sciences
Cycle / Level2nd / Postgraduate
Teaching PeriodSpring
CoordinatorKonstantinos Papastathis
Course ID600016205

Programme of Study: Political History, War and Strategic Studies

Registered students: 0
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
KORMOSElective Courses belonging to the selected specializationSpring-10

Class Information
Academic Year2019 – 2020
Class PeriodSpring
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Class ID
Course Category
General Foundation
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
General Competences
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
  • Work in an international context
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Generate new research ideas
  • Appreciate diversity and multiculturality
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
The course elaborates on the political aspects of the religious sphere, aiming at the critical analysis if the positive and-or negative role of religion in the formulation of a war culture. To this end, it examines the following themes: - the secularization process; - the relation between religion and nationalism; - the basic models of Christian political theology and Islam; - religious fundamentalism with special focus on the effect of western colonialism for its growth; - religion and international relations; The students should present in class a related scholarly work and prepare an essay on the general theme of the course.
Imperialism, Fundamentalism, Nationalism, Secularization
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
  • Book
Course Organization
Reading Assigment652.4
Field trips and participation in conferences / seminars / activities712.6
Written assigments1003.6
Student Assessment
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Assignment (Formative)
  • Performance / Staging (Formative)
Additional bibliography for study
Ρενέ Ζιράρ, Βία και Θρησκεία: Αιτία ή Αποτέλεσμα (Αθήνα: Νήσος, 2017). Olivier Roy, Η Τζιχάντ και ο Θάνατος (Αθήνα: Πόλις, 2017). 'Elie Barnavi, Φονικές Θρησκείες (Αθήνα: Πόλις, 2007). Chris Harman, «Ο Προφήτης και το Προλεταριάτο: Ριζοσπαστικό Ισλάμ, Ιμπεριαλισμός και Αριστερά», στο Π. Γκαργκάνας, Ν. Λούντος και Λ. Μπόλαρης (επιμ.), Η Πάλη ενάντια στην Ισλαμοφοβία (Αθήνα: Μαρξιστικό Βιβλιοπωλείο, 2015), 13-135. John Gray, Μαύρη Λειτουργία: η Αποκαλυπτική Θρησκεία και ο Θάνατος της Ουτοπίας (Αθήνα: Εκδόσεις Οκτώ, 2007). Martin E. Marty and R. Scott Appleby (eds), Accounting for Fundamentalisms: the Dynamic Character of Movements (Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press, 1994). Shmuel N. Eisenstadt, Fundamentalism, Sectarianism, and Revolution: The Jacobin Dimension of Modernity (New York: Cambridge University Press, 1999).
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