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IIPS 50601 - Islamic Ethics of War and Peace, Spring 2012

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Author: A. Rashied Omar
Notre Dame OpenCourseware (OCW) offers free educational resources for the course "Islamic Ethics of War and Peace" in the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies. Islamic Ethics of War and Peace examines the major principles of Islamic ethics and the key theories of classical and contemporary Muslim ethicists. These principles and theories will be applied to analyze contemporary Muslim perspectives on war and peace. Students will also be encouraged to compare the ethical principles and theories of Islam on war and peace with that of other philosophical and religious theories to discover points of difference as well as convergence.
The Most Beneficient and the Most Merciful.

Islamic Ethics of War and Peace

Professor A. Rashied Omar, Ph.D.

Peace Studies
University of Notre Dame

Course Structure: 75-minute classes, twice per week

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Course Description

‘Islam and Violence’, ‘Islam and War’, ‘Islam and Peace’ are familiar topics that have become increasingly popular in the media over the past decade. These topics have been spawned by events such as the abominable attacks on the United States of America in September 2001, and more recently, the so called Arab Spring, which unleashed pro-democracy movements across North Africa and the Middle East. In order to develop more insight into and critical analysis of these and other current events, it is important to have a greater understanding of the worldview of Islam. This course will provide students with such an opportunity. It examines the major principles of Islamic ethics and key theories of classical and contemporary Muslim ethicists.  These ethical principles and theories will be applied to analyze contemporary Muslim perspectives on war and peace.
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