Non-violence & Peace Studies – Weekend Course

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The purpose of the following courses is to provide a strong foundational understanding of nonviolence and peace studies to students new to the field, with a focus on applied social scientific analysis. The courses below will offer an exploration of the intersection of Islam, the Muslim tradition, and nonviolent thought action. Moreover, they will cover tens of different nonviolent strategies to persuade opposition or resist oppression, demonstrating the fact that nonviolent action is more effective than violence.

TOPICS COVERED

– What are the full costs of war?

– Can there be realistic alternatives to war and violence?

– Can we compare the results of nonviolent struggles versus violent struggles?

– Do Muslims have a history of nonviolent action against authoritarian rulers and occupiers?

– How can peaceful methods enable people to defeat violent opposition?

 LEARNING OUTCOMES

– Become highly acquainted with the popular and academic literature on nonviolence and peace studies

– Understand why war and violence are highly costly and inefficient methods of solving conflicts and moral dilemmas

– Confidently explain what nonviolent action is and how it is different from pacifism

– Obtain a strong background regarding the extensive use of nonviolent struggle across Muslim history

– Recall a broad set of nonviolent strategies (e.g., boycotts, strikes, etc.) that have historically replaced violence successfully

 COURSES TAUGHT

Introduction to Nonviolence & peace studies (December 26th & 27th weekend)

This course introduces to the foundations of nonviolence and peace studies from a social scientific lens. Students will study the history of war studies as a distinctive field and the rise of nonviolence and peace studies as a realistic alternative. Moreover, they will be exposed to analyses comparing nonviolent struggle to war (violent struggle) based on their short-term and long-term effects. The texts covered for this class will be Politics of Nonviolent Action – Part One and Defense, Peace, and War Economics.

Islam & Nonviolence (January 2nd & Jan 3rd weekend)

This course is a survey of the vast scholarship on the intersection of Islam with nonviolence. Students will be exposed to a history of violence and nonviolence in Islamic thought. They will also learn the ideas and struggles of a set of Muslim peacemakers who paved the way for significant socioeconomic changes. The texts covered for this class will be Searching for a King and Islam and Nonviolence.

Methods & Dynamics of Nonviolent Action (January 7th & 8th weekend)

This course is an in-depth study of nonviolent methods and strategies and their effectiveness in creating change without bloodshed. It will focus on exactly how and why nonviolence is incredibly effective. Students will learn about nonviolent methods like boycotts, strikes, and mass civil disobedience and compare them to their violent counterparts. The methods will be discussed extensively with plenty of examples across time and geographical space. The texts covered for this class will be Politics of Nonviolent Action – Part Two & Three.

PRIMARY TEXTS

The Politics of Nonviolent Action Trilogy (Parts I, II, III) by Gene Sharp

Islam and nonviolence edited by Glenn D. Paige, Chaiwat Satha-Anand (Qader Muheideen), and Sarah Gilliatt.

REFERENCE TEXTS

Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst by Robert Sapolsky

Why Civil Resistance Works by Erica Chenoweth and Maria Stephan

Defense, Peace, and War Economics by Christopher J. Coyne

Searching for a King by Jeffry Halverson

DATE & TIME

December 26th & 27th: 10 AM - 5 PM

January 2nd & Jan 3rd: 10 AM - 5 PM

January 7th & 8th: 10 AM - 5 PM

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Location: Online
Fee: $45