Last week our lecture is about conflicts. we discussed about nature of conflict, what is religion, religious conflict and types of conflict. In this week, lecture is delivered by Prof. Faozi and we learnt about conflicts more deeply. The main theme of this week is religious conflict, irredentism, separatism, and terrorism. There were no tutorial class in this week.
As we all know, conflict can be occur among individuals, nations and also international organization and when there is different views and ideas. In the first session of our class, firstly we learnt about the religious and then we move towards it conflicts. Religion is defined as an organized system of belief, ceremonies, practice and worship that centers on one supreme God or deities while religious conflict is a disagreement arising from difference in faith and belief or it can simply be understood as religious distinction. Inter-religious, intra-religious, ethno-religious, and political-religious are the type of religious conflict. The conflict between two different types religion is called inter-religious conflict. For example. Buddhism and Islam. As in my country, Pakistan, the conflict between shia and sunni these type of conflict can be defined as intra-religious means conflict in same religion. Ethno-religious conflict is conflict that involves certain ethnic associated with religious aspect. Plotial conflict can be explained as the conflict which occurs due to the struggle of power.
In the second session of this class, the articles that was given by my lecturers entitled ‘World Truth Today’ which takes up about the declaration of Robin Cook, a former British foreign secretary. we learnt about terrorism. According my point of view. Terrorism is the systematic use of terror, often violent, especially as a means of coercion. There are many different kinds of sub-national conflicts across Asia, with a variety of causes, but since September 11, 2001 these have been increasingly portrayed as part of the global terrorist threat, to be dealt with by the War on Terror. The book raises a number of issues concerning how the media report different forms of political violence and conflict, including issues of impartiality in the media’s relations with governments and insurgents, and how the focus on the ‘War on Terror’ has led to some forms of violence – notably those employed by states for political purposes – to be overlooked.
Consequently, this class was very interesting and knowledge full class in which we deeply learnt about the conflicts and we get to know what is going on around the world. But there is no tutorial in for this week so we can do more discussion about it.