Many conflicts in the world today are framed in terms of religion, but there is much discussion and confusion concerning the precise role religion plays in these conflicts. According to some, conflict and violence are inherent to religion. Others claim that religion is only the guise under which social, economic or political conflicts are fought out. The first step to solving religiously framed conflicts is understanding the role of religion in them, and that is what this free online course is about.
One point of departure is that religion means different things in different circumstances and to different (groups of) people. Therefore, the aim of this online course is to show how a religiously framed conflict can be studied in the wider cultural and political contexts of these conflicts. In the course material, the instructors will refer to various religious, cultural and political settings. In addition, they will invite you to engage in some modest research activities in your own environment and compare your own findings with those of fellow students.