Skip to 0 minutes and 10 seconds Organisations like IS, Boko Haram, Al Qaeda, and also legal issues like ritual slaughter, circumcision, birth control. Many conflicts in the world today are framed in terms of religious conflicts. But are there different ways of looking at the relation between religion and conflict? Some people think, well, religion, that must be something bad. That must be the cause of these conflicts. In this course, you will learn to be more nuanced, to get a more nuanced understanding of the role of religion and conflict. The central focus is that religion doesn’t mean the same thing in all places, all times, and to all people. You can’t understand religion’s relationship with conflict unless you look at it in its political and cultural contexts.
Skip to 1 minute and 5 seconds This course, called religion and conflict will be taught by Doctor Marjo Buitelaar, Doctor Kim Knibbe, and myself Doctor Erin Wilson. We work for the centre for religion conflict in the public domain at the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Groningen. Students will gain insights into different roles that religion may play in conflicts. So they will learn to analyse conflict situations, but they will also explore the role of religion in peace building. So if you want to know more about the role of religion in present day conflicts, join us for this course.