Religion and State Building from Luther to DAESH/ISIS

AHA Session 165
Friday, January 6, 2017: 3:30 PM-5:00 PM
Mile High Ballroom 2A (Colorado Convention Center, Ballroom Level)
Ute Lotz-Heumann, University of Arizona
Megan Armstrong, McMaster University
James M. Brophy, University of Delaware
Ussama S. Makdisi, Rice University
Ethan H. Shagan, University of California, Berkeley
Mustafa Tuna, Duke University

Session Abstract

2017 will be the 500th anniversary of Luther nailing his 95 thesis to the door of the Castle church of Wittenberg. Reformation scholars have long debated the significance of his reform movement, linking it to a variety of changes in Early Modern Europe. One issue of long standing interest for Early Modern historians is the relationship between religion and state building. With the rise of Daesh/ISIS the relationship between religion and state building is again in the news. As part of the recognition of the 500th anniversary of Luther’s 95 Thesis, this roundtable will not only to revisit the issue in Early Modern Europe, but elsewhere in time and across the globe.
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