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Cornell University School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions

Adult courses

Holy War, Crusades, and Jihad from Antiquity to the Present

Week 1: July 7-13, 2019

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Walter and Susan Schenker Course in the Humanities/Creative Arts

Although fiercely divided by ideology, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam share a striking similarity: justification for waging war is deeply rooted in their respective traditions and texts. The bellicose inclination of these three Near Eastern monotheistic religions has had profound historical consequences and informs socio-political conflicts today.

With Ross Brann, the M. R. Konvitz Professor of Judeo-Islamic Studies and a CAU favorite, we'll explore the concepts of holy war, crusade, and jihad and trace their cultural histories. In the second part of the course, we'll discuss the ways faith-based axioms such as a "clash of civilizations," "the Evil Empire," "The Great Satan," and the "Axis of Evil" in contemporary political discourse explicitly or implicitly posit political conflict as a "battle for God."

Ross Brann

Ross Brann is the Milton R. Konvitz Professor of Judeo-Islamic Studies and Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellow in the Department of Near-Eastern Studies at Cornell. He has taught at Cornell University since 1986.

Brann is the author of Power in the... > more


Once you've registered, we'll send you materials on the academic program and other information to help you prepare for CAU. A $50 per person, per class, non-refundable deposit is required with your registration. All deposits are applied to the full program charges. Register now!

Program charges

Below are the program fees and housing choices for the on-campus summer programs. Please contact us if you have questions.

For adults staying on campus, the program fee (per adult, per week) includes the course, lodging, fifteen all-you-care-to-eat meals, banquet dinner, coffee breaks, hospitality hours, evening lectures, walks and talks, welcome and farewell receptions, conference-lot parking fees, and use of most of Cornell’s campus facilities. Some courses have additional fees as noted. Wednesday dinner is on your own. Some campus facilities, such as the golf course, also charge specific user fees.

Standard room, on-campus housing, and meals

$1,970 double occupancy, $100 single supplement

Standard room, on-campus housing with exclusive bath, and meals

$2,030 double occupancy, $150 single supplement

Course fee for commuters and those staying at Hilton Homewood Suites

$1,285. This fee does not include housing or meals. If you wish to stay at Hilton Homewood Suites, please call 607.266.0000 to make a reservation in the CAU block.

Commuter meal plan option

$327. Most CAUers staying at Hilton Homewood Suites select our meal plan for the week in order to enjoy the full CAU experience. It includes six breakfasts, five lunches, and four dinners.