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Jews, Christians and Muslims in Europe: Modern Challenges


The online course Jews, Christians and Muslims in Europe: Modern Challenges focuses on the relationships between Jews, Christians and Muslims in modern Europe and in European history. It consists of three modules, each lasting for four weeks.

In addition to historical topics, such as interreligious relations in medieval Spain, Enlightenment Britain, and 20th-century Germany, participants will engage with contemporary topics such as the relation of religion, ethnicity and citizenship in Bosnia and Herzegovina; the Muhammad cartoons controversy in Denmark; the social reality of Syrian refugees in Sweden; Jewish-Muslim relations in France; and the discussions about religion and freedom of expression in the wake of Charlie Hebdo attacks.

Students will be encouraged to address challenging questions through case studies and set readings (in sociology, history, anthropology, and theology).

The course is accessed via Hedwig which is hosted by the Cambridge Theological Federation.

Course structure

Each week, you will receive set readings and prepare various assignments online. Woolf Institute tutors will support you and provide feedback throughout the course. Alongside fellow participants, you will be able to discuss ideas on the online discussion forum. Following an online Induction Week, the course is divided into three modules:

Week 1: A Golden Age of Convivencia? (Spain)

Week 2: Early Modern Entanglements (England and the Muslim World)

Week 3: Towards Enlightenment and Modernity (Continental Europe)

Week 4: Minority Experiences: Jews and Muslims in France (France)

Week 1: Interpreting Symbols from Europe's Past and Present (Spain and Poland)

Week 2: Secularism and the Muhammad Cartoons (Denmark)

Week 3: The 'Other' in European Classical Music (Continental Europe)

Week 4: Contemporary Cultural Trends (Germany and Sweden)

Religion, State and Citizenship
Week 1: Muslims, Perceptions of Islam and Extremism (UK)

Week 2: France, Religion and Freedom of Speech (France)

Week 3: State and Citizenship Contested (Bosnia and Herzegovina)

Week 4: Religion in European Public Sphere (UK and Beyond)

Course timetable

Participants will have access to the general course information a few days before the course commences to familiarise themselves with this material.

Induction Week: 4 - 10 September 2017

History module: 11 September - 8 October 2017

Tutors: Dr Esther-Miriam Wagner, Dr Gorazd Andrejč, Dr Sami Everett

Culture module: 16 October - 12 November 2017

Tutor: Dr Gorazd Andrejč

Religion, State and Citizenship module: 20 November - 17 December 2017

Tutors: Dr Gorazd Andrejč, Dr Sami Everett

Application details

The application deadline has now passed. Interested in joining the course in 2018? Register your interest at

Before submitting your application, please read the Refund Policy and Booking Terms and Conditions.

The course fee includes online access to the course and the course materials, tutor feedback, and a Woolf Institute Certificate of Completion.

A limited number of bursaries are available.