Course code: CTRB56
Credits: 7.5

Study period: autumn semester 2019
Type of studies: part time, 50 %, day
Study period: 2019-09-02 – 2019-11-03
Language of instruction: English
Eligibility: General and 60 credits academic studies

Application code: LU-E1941

Application code: LU-37731

Introductory meeting: 2019-09-02 at 13:15 – 15:00 in LUX:C215

Teachers: Anders Ackfeldt, Blaženka Scheuer


The atrocities of 9/11, when 19 hijackers from the Al-Qaeda terrorist network conducted four coordinated attacks that inflicted the heaviest death toll on US soil since the end of the Civil War, sent an unprecedented chock-wave throughout the world. Stock markets plummeted and the George W. Bush administration initiated the international military campaign known as “The War on Terror”.

The terror attacks also triggered religious and spiritual responses, that have not only transformed the ways religion is practiced and understood by practitioners themselves – they also raised interesting, intriguing, and pressing questions for scholars of religion.

During this course some of these questions will be explored from a variety of perspectives and with examples from Judaism, Christianity and Islam. The course will discuss how religious practitioners understand and interpret sacred texts to justify violence, and how religious symbols and thematics in connection to 9/11 are present in popular culture. A theoretical focus in the course will be on the concepts of heritage and generation.

Study Trip – Jerusalem and Istanbul

As a part of the course there will be a voluntary study trip. The study trip 2019 will go to the Swedish Research Institute in Istanbul (SRII) and Swedish Theological Institute in Jerusalem (STI). The course will have three meetings in Lund before the study trip: 2, 4 and 9 of September 2019. The study trip will be between 16-29/9, as well as one meeting after the trip, 3 of October. The course will be examined by an oral video presentation. The deadline for the exam is 11 of October. More information about the study trip will be presented in the welcoming letter.

The students will only pay for the airfare to Jerusalem and Istanbul and for visa costs if applied. Accommodation, local travel and most of the meals will be covered by CTR.


This course is not open as a freestanding course next semester. It can be open for application within a programme or for students in an exchange programme. Please ask your academic advisor for information.

How to apply

Lund University uses a national application system run by University Admissions in Sweden. It is only possible to apply during the application periods: October–January for autumn semester and June–August for spring semester.

Extended application deadline

Sometimes the application deadline is extended for a specific programme or course. In these cases you will find the message "open for late application" by the programme/course information on You apply with the usual application steps. As long as this message is showing, it is possible to apply, but late applications are processed in order of date, so it is still important to apply as soon as possible. Please note that if the programme/course does not have an extended deadline, it is not possible to apply late.

First or Second Admission Round?

All international students are encouraged to apply to the First admission round. This round takes place many months before the start of a semester and gives students the time they need to pay their tuition fees, apply for and receive their residence permit (if required), find housing, etc.

The Second admission round is an alternative for students from EU/EEA countries as they do not need a residence permit. Non-EU/EEA students will most likely not have enough time to obtain their permit before the start of the semester. However, even EU/EEA students are advised to apply during the First admission round, as some programmes can be applied for only in the January round. Also, this provides applicants with an admission decision much earlier, which is helpful in making decisions about their studies.

Tuition Fees

Non-EU/EEA citizens

Citizens of a country outside of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland are required to pay tuition fees. You pay one instalment of the tuition fee in advance of each semester.

Read more about tuition fees, payments and exemptions

EU/EEA citizens and Switzerland

There are no tuition fees for citizens of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland.

Application fee

If you are required to pay tuition fees, you are generally also required to pay an application fee of SEK 900 (approximately EUR 100) when you apply at You pay one application fee regardless of how many programmes or courses you apply to.

Read more about paying the University Admissions in Sweden application fee and exemptions

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