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Anthony J Gill
RELIG 307
Seattle Campus

Religion and World Politics

Explores the intersection of religion and politics in various regions of the world, including the U.S., Europe, Middle East, Latin America, and other regions. Presents a historical perspective on religion alongside contemporary issues in religion, politics, and church-state relations. Offered: jointly with POL S 307.

Class description

This course explores the intersection of religion and politics in various regions of the world, including the U.S., Europe, Middle East, Latin America, and other regions. Presents a historical perspective on religion alongside contemporary issues in religion, politics, and church-state relations. Given the short, 10-week quarter system, we will not be able to cover every religious tradition. Instead of doing a superficial survey of religion and politics in each region of the world, we will focus most of our attention developing a theoretical framework based on the Christian world, then turning our attention to Islam in the last 2-3 weeks.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Recommended preparation

No prerequisites.

Class assignments and grading

Texts: Books used include: Stark, For the Glory of God; Kuru, Secularism and State Policies Toward Religion; Kuran, Islam & Mammon; Berman, Radical, Religious, and Violent.

Assignments include two short analytical papers and a final exam. Grading criteria subject to change prior to the first day of class.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Anthony J Gill
Date: 11/04/2010