How to Cope with Religious Conflicts – Insights from History

September 2020

Since the dawn of civilization, conflicts with religious dimensions have shaped humankind. Considered by some as the primary cause of conflict, others see religion as inherently peaceful and simply instrumentalized to advance conflicts. In this video we reflect about what should be taken into account to cope with and understand religious conflicts. The interactive video is divided into the following chapters:

  • Model for Context-Sensitive Analysis
  • Working with Historical Sources
  • Historical Case Studies
  • Conclusion


Prof. Dr. Katharina Heyden

Katharina Heyden is full professor of Ancient History of Christianity and Interreligious Encounters. Her research focuses on religious conflicts and coexistence in antiquity and the Middle Ages. Currently she is working in an interdisciplinary research group on a model for a more holistic understanding of conflicts with religious dimensions. In the interactive video, the usage of this model is illustrated with historical case studies.

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flashMOOCs der Universität Bern, Finalist MEDEA Award

Finalist MEDEA Awards 2021

The flashMOOC "How to Cope with Religious Conflicts – Insights from History" as nominated for the MEDEA Awards 2021. The video participated at the ceremony together with five other international videos and was shown to a jury. We are happy, that for the second time we could present a flashMOOC in an international context.

How to Cope with Religious Conflicts – Insights from History by University of Bern (Authors: Katharina Heyden, Sophie Caflish, Janine Scheurer) is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International CC BY License.