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Fall 2022
Jul 01, 2022
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JCIV 447 - Islam, Judaism, & Western Civ
Governments and non-state actors are fomenting conflicts and wars by perverting religion, history and identity. This course investigates Jewish and Islamic influences that form today’s Western civilisation. It has been designed to equip students with a deeper understanding of the modern West, evaluate the narrative of clash of civilisations, and explore a synthesis of civilisations. With extremism and anti-Americanism on the rise in the Muslim world, and anti-Semitism and anti-Muslim sentiment increasing in the West, this course excavates the intellectual roots of the threats ripping apart modern civilisation. Tracking a time-span of two thousand years, we will start with the importance of ancient Israel in the Western imagination. Why did Christianity emerge in the Roman Empire? Why was Islam born in Arabia? Why did early Catholicism resist Greek philosophy? Who were the four main Muslim philosophers until Averroes? Why did Aquinas embrace Greek philosophers? Why is Maimonides important for the West? Why did Spinoza’s reasoning and pantheism thrive in Amsterdam? Why did John Locke write on tolerance in England? Why did Voltaire in France write about Islam? How did Muslims react to the European Enlightenment? What do Islamists and Jihadists seek? Why do they hate the West? Is a synthesis of civilisations possible?
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: MN or MC Graduate, Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Seminar

Jewish Civilization Department

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