Online Course - Jews, Christians and Muslims in Europe:  Modern Challenges

University of Cambridge


Deadline:

August 03, 2017


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JEWS, CHRISTIANS AND MUSLIMS IN EUROPE: MODERN CHALLENGES

  • In what way do the recent events in Europe – refugee crisis, resurgence of the far right, Brexit – threaten religious pluralism and how can this challenge be addressed?  
  • How has the history of Jewish‐Christian‐Muslim relations impacted the contemporary European culture?
  • What is the relationship between religious freedom and freedom of expression in Europe today?

In addition to the historical topics, such as interreligious relations in medieval Spain, Enlightenment Britain, and 20th Century Germany, participants will engage with contemporary topics such as the Muhammad cartoons controversy in Denmark; the social reality of Syrian refugees in Sweden; the relation of religion, ethnicity and citizenship in Bosnia and Herzegovina; and the recent rise of Antisemitism, Islamophobia and Islamist extremism in Europe. 

The online course Jews, Christians and Muslims in Europe: Modern Challenges focuses on the relationships between Jews, Christians and Muslims in modern Europe and in European history. It consists of three modules (part-time and flexible), lasting for four weeks each.

Besides the historical topics, such as interreligious relations in medieval Spain, Enlightenment Britain, and 20th Century Germany, the participants will engage with contemporary topics such as the relation of religion, ethnicity and citizenship in Bosnia and Herzegovina; the Muhammad cartoons controversy in Denmark; the social reality of Syrian refugees in Sweden; Jewish-Muslim relations in France; and the discussions about religion and freedom of expression in the wake of Charlie Hebdo attacks.

Following an online induction week, each module is taught over four weeks during which you will receive set reading and various assignments online. The individual topics of each module are as follows:

HISTORY MODULE

  • Week 1: A Golden Age of Convivencia? (Spain)
  • Week 2: Early Modern Entanglements (England and the Muslim World)
  • Week 3: Towards Enlightenment and Modernity (Continental Europe)
  • Week 4: Minority Experiences: Jews and Muslims in France (France)

CULTURE MODULE

  • Week 1: Interpreting Symbols from Europe's Past and Present (Spain and Poland)
  • Week 2: Secularism and the Muhammad Cartoons (Denmark)
  • Week 3: The 'Other' in European Classical Music (Continental Europe)
  • Week 4: Contemporary Cultural Trends (Germany and Sweden)

RELIGION, STATE AND CITIZENSHIP MODULE

  • Week 1: Muslims, Perceptions of Islam and Extremism (UK)
  • Week 2: France, Religion and Freedom of Speech (France)
  • Week 3: State and Citizenship Contested (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
  • Week 4: Religion in European Public Sphere (UK and Beyond)

Students will be encouraged to address challenging questions through case studies and set readings (in sociology, history, anthropology, and theology).

On completion, participants will receive a Woolf Institute Certificate of Completion. The application deadline is 3 August 2017. The course commences on 4 September 2017. 

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