Skip to content

Religion and Theology Subject Spotlight

Religion & conflict: the war of ideas
with Dr Katherine Brown from University of Birmingham

Try this university course before you apply - 100% free!

Watch a sample episode now

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.

Dr Katherine BrownUniversity of BirminghamReligion and theology

All episodes
1. Religious conflict
2. Religion enables the pursuit of meaning at individual level
3. How does religion enable conflict?
4. Messages of peace
5. Misleading question
6. Activity: is religion a cause of conflict in Northern Ireland?

About the university

University of Birmingham
University of Birmingham
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.

University of Birmingham profile →
Meet the academic
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.

In every Subject Spotlight you’ll find

On-demand interactive video content

Sign up, log in and access a wide range of potentially life-changing Subject Spotlight experiences that will help you make informed decisions about your university future.

Remarkable & relatable academics

Learn from some of the UK’s finest and most decorated academics as they give you a genuine, insightful and engaging experience of studying their courses at their universities.

Interactive quizzes and activities

Have a go at fascinating interactive quizzes and activities, then get meaningful and intuitive feedback from the academics to see how you’ve done.

Content to enhance students’ personal statements

Hear direct from the academics what’s expected of you in your personal statements, and the things you can do to improve your chances of getting on the course you most desire!

Certificate of completion

You’ll receive a certificate of completion to evidence your learning - why not add this to your CV and university applications to show your dedication to your future pathway!

Frequently asked questions

What is a Subject Spotlight?
Why should I check out Subject Spotlights?
Who is this Spotlight for?
How should I talk about completing a Subject Spotlight on my personal statement?