A symposium on the history, present state, and future of religious violence in the Christian and Muslim context. It will focus on one dimension in particular of crusade and jihad: the tendency for struggles inspired by religious belief to evolve over time into a form of pietistic practice. Topics to be discussed will include religious motivations for surveillance, territorial expansion and military aggression; multi-sectarian states as vectors of instability as well as engines of cultural generation; and conversion and mobility as human rights and as legislative and policing issues.
Organizer: Karla Mallette, Professor of Italian and Near Eastern Studies and Director, Center for European Studies, University of Michigan
Asma Afsaruddin, Professor of Islamic Studies and Chairperson, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, Indiana University
Christopher MacEvitt, Associate Professor of Religion, Dartmouth College
Stuart A. Wright, Professor of Sociology and Chair, Department of Sociology, Social Work and Criminal Justice, Lamar University
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Sponsors: Center for European Studies, Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies, Islamic Studies Program, Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies