This advanced course will examine the complicated relationship between religion and global politics. Topics will include the problem of defining religion as an analytical category, the religious origins of modern state sovereignty, the role of religion in violence and peacemaking, varieties of religious fundamentalism, the politics of sacred spaces and conflicts between religious practices and emerging human rights norms. Readings will draw broadly from political science, religious studies, sociology, and history.

Pre-requisite: A prior course in international relations, comparative politics, or religious studies is required. Students not meeting this requirement will be admitted at the discretion of the instructor.