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Holy War: Comparative Perspectives

CERES Palais, room "Ruhrpott" (4.13)

The notion of a Holy War, that is a war declared to be undertaken for reli-gious reasons, is a concept dating, in Christendom at least, to Late Anti-quity. Islam holds an inherent notion of holy war, jihad, as a component of its beliefs and practices. Likewise, Judaism, Buddhism and Hinduism all have histories which demonstrate a tradition of holy war and resistance to holy war, which in turn generated their own "counter-traditions."

This workshop is intended to explore the uses and transformations of holy war traditions in a variety of religious milieus, from crusading in the West, to religious anti-colonial warfare in modern Southeast Asia and to explore how some of these traditions, anyway, played upon one another to become part of the political-religious discourse between regions and communities. Bringing together experts from different religious traditions and histories, we hope to compare and contrast the concept of holy war over the longue duree.

Workshop's programme


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Prof. Dr. Adam Knobler

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