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HIS5060: Conflict and Negotiation: Selected topics

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Person responsible for the course:Victor Ghica (
Credit points (ECTS):10
Start of studies:
Study programme:Master's degree (2 years) - Master in History of Religions
Department:Department of Education, Religion and Society

General information

HIS5060 offers a selection of casestudies dealing with the two-fold wide-scoped topic of religious conflict and negotiation. The course is conceived as a series of lectures and seminars. Every lecture addresses the theme in a different cultural, chronological and geographical setting, employing specific analytic tools.
Whilst building upon notions, phenomena and terminology already introduced in the first semester of the master's programme, the course brings in new perspectives stemming from recent research. In that sense, HIS5060 makes the transition to the second year of the master's programme.
HIS5060 is an obligatory course in the Master's programme in History of Religions.

Course requirements

In order to receive a final assessment, the student must:
  • Attend at least 75% of the lectures.
  • Participate in the evaluation of the course if such evaluation is stipulated in the relevant term.
Students are expected to read the entire bibliography, including the specific readings relating to individual lectures and seminars.

Final assessment

To gain credit for the course the student must fulfill all the requirements and pass a three-day home exam (2500-3500). The course is assessed with grades A-F.

Course objective and content

The student has:
  • a thorough knowledge of the history of Abrahamic religions, both individually and as a group
  • a good knowledge of multiple cases of interaction and mutual influence between religious traditions
  • a detailed knowledge of multiple significant examples of religious conflict
The student can:
  • identify core problematic issues in the expression of a religious belief
  • compare religious phenomena belonging to different traditions
  • recognise patterns of development in a variety of religious phenomena
  • detect and appraise the stakes involved in religious conflicts
  • formulate and test possible historical explanations of the phenomena under study


To access electronic literature when you are not at MF:

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  • Mahanama (2015). Chapters 1, 13, 22-25 and Table of Contents. I W. Geiger (Ed.), The Mahavamsa, or, The Great Chronicle of Ceylon. London: Oxford Univ. Press. Library (Compendium)
  • Miller, R. J. (2016). The international law of colonialism. I C. Woelk & S. Heinrichs (Ed.), Yours, mine, ours: Unravelling the doctrine of discovery (p. 21-27). Mennonite Church Canada. (Compendium)
  • Notermans, C. (2012). Interconnected and gendered mobilities: African migrants on pilgrimage to Our Lady of Lourdes in France. I W. Jansen & C. Notermans (Ed.), Gender, nation and religion in European pilgrimage (p. 19-36). Farnham: Ashgate. Library (Compendium)
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