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SAM5131: Religion, Conflict and Reconciliation - intensive course

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Generell informasjon | Studiekrav | Avsluttende vurdering | Læringsutbytte etter fullført emne | Litteratur 

Emneansvarlig:Iselin Frydenlund (
Avdelingstilhørighet:Avdeling for religion, skole og samfunn

Generell informasjon

This intensive course in Religion, Conflict and Reconciliation will provide an understanding of the role of religions in today´s world as a source of conflict and as a resource for reconciliation. It will focus on the use of the sacred scriptures in different religious traditions in situations of conflict, and on relevant ethical and theological perspectives. It will further give an introduction into perspectives from the social sciences, and present attempts at creating a common global ethics. The subject will be discussed in light of contemporary examples of conflicts and reconciliations processes.
The course is a special course under the academic exchange program between the MF Norwegian School of Theology, Religion and Society and the Myanmar Institute of Theology and admission is for MiT students only.
Students must have completed BA level education
ECT points: 10. The course is partly co-organized with SAM5130.


  • Participate in all lectures at MF during the 10 days intensive course
  • Summary of Reading material (500 words) during second week of intensive course
  • Submit the outline of an essay of 3000 words, which must be approved by the professor.
  • Submit and have approved the draft of the essay by the date stipulated in the syllabus.
In addition to the above requirements, the students are expected to:
  • Attend lectures and seminars (confer the Lecture plan in the Canvas folder)
  • Prepare for lectures by reading the assigned course literature
  • Team up with a learning partner

Avsluttende vurdering

Essay of 3000 words to be submitted five weeks after course completion.
To gain credit for the course you must fulfill all the requirements (above). When course requirements are not fulfilled this will count as one examination attempt, unless you withdraw within the set deadline.
The final grade will be based on the essay (3000 words, including footnotes and bibliography). The course is assessed with passed/not passed.

Læringsutbytte etter fullført emne

The student has:
  • A thorough knowledge of the varying role of religion and violent political conflicts in various parts of the world
  • A thorough knowledge of relevant theories on the actual and potential role of religion in conflict transformation, conflict resolution, peacebuilding and reconciliation.
  • A thorough knowledge of conflict and violence as subject in the sacred scriptures of Judaism, Christianity, Islam and Buddhism, and of the use of sacred scripture and religious traditions in contemporary conflicts.
  • A good knowledge on theories about the role of religion in terrorism
  • A good knowledge of the actual and potential role of interreligious dialogue, practice and the significance of religions emotions in peacebuilding.
  • A good knowledge of gender perspectives on reconciliation and peacebuilding
The student can:
  • analyse and discuss the various dimensions of political reconciliation, particular the significance of such phenomena as memory, tolerance, truth, justice, law and forgiveness.
  • identify religious resources for conflict and violence in different traditions and contexts.
  • Identify religious resources for conflict transformation, conflict resolution and peacebuilding in different in different traditions and contexts.
  • discuss critically by the use of relevant theory and concrete examples the role of religion in violent political conflicts today
  • analyse and discuss the various dimensions of interreligious relations and cooperation in conflicts, and in peace and reconciliation efforts.
  • analyse and discuss critically the role of sacred scriptures and their interpretation in conflicts, and in peace and reconciliation efforts.
  • analyse gender perspectives on reconciliation and peacebuilding


For å få tilgang til elektronisk litteratur når du ikke sitter på MF:

  • Appleby, R. S. (1997). The ambivalence of the sacred: Religion, violence, and reconciliation (s. 207-307). Lanham, Md.: Rowman & Littlefield. Bibliotek
  • Eynikel, E. & Ziaka, A. (Red.) (2011). Religion and conflict: Essays on the origins of religious conflicts and resolution approaches (s. 17-33, 49-60, 93-107, 161-183). London: Harptree Publishing. Bibliotek
  • Fox, J. & Sandler, S. (2004). Bringing religion into international relations (s. 1-179). New York, N.Y.: Palgrave Macmillan. Bibliotek. Hentet fra
  • Frydenlund, I. (2013). Canonical Ambiguity and Differential Practices: Buddhism and Militarism in Contemporary Sri Lanka. I V. Tikhonov & T. Brekke (Red.), Buddhism and Violence: Militarism and Buddhism in Modern Asia (s. 95-119). New York: Routledge. Bibliotek
  • Hayward, S. & Marshall, K. (2015). Religious Women's Invisibility: Obstacles and Oppurtunities. I S. Hayward & K. Marshall (Red.), Women, religion, and peacebuilding: Illuminating the unseen (s. 1-40). Washington, D.C: United States Institute of Peace Press. Bibliotek
  • Juergensmeyer, M. (2017). Terror in the mind of God: The global rise of religious violence (4. utg.). Oakland, Calif.: University of California Press. Bibliotek. Hentet fra
  • Kim, S. C. H., Kollontai, P. & Hoyland, G. (Red.) (2008). Peace and reconciliation: In search of shared identity (s. 7-108). Aldershot, England ; Burlington, VT: Ashgate. Bibliotek (hbk. alk. paper)/0754664619 (hbk. alk. paper). Hentet fra

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