RLB405 Religion and Violence

Faculty of Arts
Autumn 2019
Extent and Intensity
2/0/0. 4 credit(s). Type of Completion: k (colloquium).
Mgr. Jana Valtrová, Ph.D. (lecturer)
PhDr. Andrea Beláňová, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. Aleš Chalupa, Ph.D. (lecturer)
doc. Mgr. Attila Kovács, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. et Mgr. Radek Kundt, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. František Novotný (lecturer)
PhDr. Dalibor Papoušek, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. et Mgr. Jan Reichstäter, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. Dan Řezníček (lecturer)
Mgr. Martin Špirk (lecturer)
Mgr. Matouš Vencálek (lecturer)
Ing. Mgr. et Mgr. Miroslav Vrzal, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
doc. PhDr. David Zbíral, Ph.D.
Department for the Study of Religions - Faculty of Arts
Contact Person: Mgr. Kateřina Sedlářová
Supplier department: Department for the Study of Religions - Faculty of Arts
Tue 18:00–19:40 C33
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is offered to students of any study field.
The capacity limit for the course is 250 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 147/250, only registered: 0/250, only registered with preference (fields directly associated with the programme): 0/250
Course objectives
The course provides an introduction to the problems of religion and violence on several levels, including interreligious conflicts, as well as violence performed and institucionalized within particular religious traditions. The course is based on a wide definition of violence as not only physical act, but also as verbal or non-veral action of coersion. Particular lectures will deal with special cases of violence concerning various religious traditions all over the world from the antiquity to the very modern times.
Learning outcomes (in Czech)
Na konci kurzu bude student schopen:
- porozumět rozmanitosti a komplexnosti projevů násilí ve vybraných případech nábožensky motivovaného násilí;
- porozumět historickému původu a významu těchto jevů v rámci jednotlivých tradic a kultur;
- používat terminologii spojenou s vybranými jevy;
    recommended literature
  • LINCOLN, Bruce. Gods and demons, priests and scholars : critical explorations in the history of religions. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2012. xii, 228. ISBN 9780226481876. info
  • Buddhist warfare. Edited by Michael K. Jerryson - Mark Juergensmeyer. New York: Oxford University Press, 2010. xi, 257 p. ISBN 0195394844. info
  • JUERGENSMEYER, Mark. Teror v mysli boží : globální vzestup náboženského násilí. Translated by Tomáš Suchomel. 1. vyd. Brno: Centrum pro studium demokracie a kultury, 2007. 382 s. ISBN 9788073251093. info
  • NIRENBERG, David. Communities of violence : persecution of minorities in the Middle Ages. 2nd print. with correction. Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 1998. viii, 301. ISBN 069105889X. info
  • DUMÉZIL, Georges. Mýty a bohové Indoevropanů. 1. vyd. Praha: Oikoymenh, 1997. 263 s. ISBN 8086005259. info
Teaching methods
Lectures, class discussions.
Assessment methods
Final test. Questions will be based on information provided during the lectures.
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
Study Materials
The course is taught annually.
Information on course enrolment limitations: Předmět není určen studentům religionistiky.
The course is also listed under the following terms Spring 2016, Autumn 2016, Autumn 2017, Autumn 2018, Autumn 2020.
  • Enrolment Statistics (Autumn 2019, recent)
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