College of Arts and Sciences | Religion and Revolutions
E104 | 7802 | Cipa
1:25 PM - 2:15 PM MW
See the Schedule of Classes for discussion section times.
This course raises the central questions concerning the struggle
between the received dogma of religion, and freedom of thought and
conscience by focusing on issues such as:
* views of the eighteenth century on Man, religion, and reason;
* efforts of the nineteenth century thinkers like Marx, Comte,
Durkheim, Weber to change society in a more "rational" direction;
* the role of the French Revolution in bringing down the
traditional underpinnings of European society;
* the Russian Revolution and the development of the Marxist
position on religion;
* the Turkish secularist revolution and the destruction of the
* India and Sri Lanka: Hinduism and Buddhism;
* Iranian Civilization and Iranian Revolution;
* Huntington's concept of the "Clash of Civilizations."
Among the questions we will be dealing with are: Is it possible to
have a "secular" world? Is it still possible to have a
unified "religious" vision? What is the relationship of "religion"
to a "secular" state or to a "secular" public? How can religious
traditions relate to each other, in a constructive and creative
fashion without descending into violence, at a time when they are
obliged to come into closer and more intimate relations with each
other than ever before? What is the relationship between religion
and revolution? Is religion on the way out, or is it on the way in?
What contributes to the phenomenal rise in fundamentalist commitment
in so many places? Are there exceptions? Are we condemned to have a
Star Wars-like "clash of civilizations" between Islam and the West?