Religion & conflict: the war of ideas

This is a Religion and theology Subject Spotlight with Dr Katherine Brown from University of Birmingham. An interactive, cinematic course taster experience to allow students to gain insights into what it's like to study Religion and theology.

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Join Dr Katherine Brown as she explores Religion & Conflict: The War of Ideas, with a particular focus on what role religion plays in enabling conflict, messages of peace in such conflict and identifying the counter arguments that are so often overlooked when considering religion and conflict.

About University of Birmingham

The University of Birmingham was established in 1825 and was the first Russell Group university to receive a royal charter. As a member of the coveted Russell Group, the University of Birmingham is a prestigious university and considered a top representative of British education. As would be expected from such a high ranking institution, the university has produced many notable alumni including two UK prime ministers - Neville Chamberlain and Stanley Baldwin.

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Dr Katherine Brown

Dr Katherine Brown is a reader at The University of Birmingham in Religion & Global Security. Over the past decade she has been researching the role of gender and religion in relation to Islamic extremism, and has an interest in gender-mainstreaming counter terrorism. Katherine’s current work focuses on gender, religion and resilience in global governance efforts in relation to terrorism. This is part of her larger project, Humanities for Resilience, which is funded by the AHRC, that looks at how marginalised communities can be better resilient to the challenges they face, such as terrorism. She is the author of Gender, Religion and Extremism: finding women in anti-radicalisation (Oxford University Press, 2020), and has been an expert witness in court cases involving the radicalisation of women and children in the UK.

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