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Strategies of Religious Warfare: Historical Reflections on Contemporary Religious Violence

Dates:
  • Mon 18 May 2015 11.00 - 13.00
  Add to Calendar 2015-05-18 11:00 2015-05-18 13:00 Europe/Paris Strategies of Religious Warfare: Historical Reflections on Contemporary Religious Violence

Strategy is often thought of exclusively in terms of politics, based on Clausewitz's closely linked definitions of war and strategy. Beatrice Heuser's The Evolution of Strategy: Thinking War from Antiquity to the Present (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010) has questioned this linkage, however, in one of the most important recent studies of strategic formulation. Heuser suggests that strategies are socially and culturally produced: "When implicit assumptions in the literature on Strategy are rendered explicit through textual and contextual analysis, we find revealing indicators of social institutions and norms, of the writers' perceptions and understanding of politics and relations between political entities . of their values, ideologies and passive and active culture more generally." In this paper, I aim to build on this insight to develop an analysis of the formation of strategy in religious warfare. I will attempt to discern historical strategies of religious warfare and consider their potential relevance for contemporary conflicts with religious dimensions.

Seminar Room 3, Badia Fiesolana DD/MM/YYYY
  Seminar Room 3, Badia Fiesolana

Strategy is often thought of exclusively in terms of politics, based on Clausewitz's closely linked definitions of war and strategy. Beatrice Heuser's The Evolution of Strategy: Thinking War from Antiquity to the Present (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010) has questioned this linkage, however, in one of the most important recent studies of strategic formulation. Heuser suggests that strategies are socially and culturally produced: "When implicit assumptions in the literature on Strategy are rendered explicit through textual and contextual analysis, we find revealing indicators of social institutions and norms, of the writers' perceptions and understanding of politics and relations between political entities . of their values, ideologies and passive and active culture more generally." In this paper, I aim to build on this insight to develop an analysis of the formation of strategy in religious warfare. I will attempt to discern historical strategies of religious warfare and consider their potential relevance for contemporary conflicts with religious dimensions.


Location:
Seminar Room 3, Badia Fiesolana

Affiliation:
Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies

Type:
Lecture

Organiser:
Prof. Olivier Roy (EUI-RSCAS)
Dr. Nadia Marzouki (Harvard Kennedy School)

Speaker:
Prof. Brian Sandberg (Institut d'Études Avancées de Paris)
 
 

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