An-Institut der Stiftung Weltethos
an der Universität Tübingen

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Jerusalem, Jihad and Beyond: The Arab World and the Global Ethic Project

Wandelaltar der Weltreligionen

Jonathan Keir


wöchentliches Seminar, Bachelorveranstaltung





Wochentag / Uhrzeit

Mittwoch 10-12


Weltethos-Institut; Hintere Grabenstraße 26

Voraussetzungen / Zielgruppe

Bachelor students, Lehramtsstudierende. Master students are welcome (please ask your faculty weather the seminar is a possibility to get ECTS). Comfortable with class discussions in English (Hausarbeiten may be written in either English or German

Leistungsnachweis / mögliche Prüfungsformen / ECTS

Hausarbeit, 6 ECTS


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Literaturangaben Useful background reading prior to the beginning of the course (full reading lists will be finalised during the course):
  • Fisk, Robert, The Great War for Civilisation: The Conquest of the Middle East, (Vintage, 2007)
  • Küng, Hans, Der Islam: Geschichte, Gegenwart, Zukunft, (München: Piper, 2004)
  • Mahfouz, Naguib, Akhenaten: Dweller in Truth (Anchor, 2000(1985))

The dysfunctional state of contemporary Arab politics presents perhaps the gravest of all challenges to the idea of an international civil society or functioning Global Ethic. This course explores some of the deep underlying causes of this dysfunction, before turning to possible solutions rooted in Arab cultural and spiritual traditions. The overall goal is to show students that the net contribution of Arab civilisation to the Global Ethic Project can be positive, and that the Arab world can be a provider of more than annoying political problems to the rest of the world. Class discussions will allow students to deepen their understanding of contemporary events in the region, while course readings and film screenings will introduce students to the rich cultural patrimony of Arab civilisation. Students will be encouraged to pursue a relevant topic of their own interest in the final course essay.