Religion and Globalization: Catholicism and Islam

February 1, 2021

This curricular module guide explores how specific religious communities contribute to globalization, complicating the traditional secularization thesis that religion will become less important as societies progress. The guide expands on the "Religion and Globalization: Catholicism and Islam" virtual course module by assembling open-access sources and providing discussion questions on the globalization of Catholicism and European Islam. 

These materials are designed to engage students with the following issues:

  • ​Jesuits in the era of early modern globalization and the historical factors which shaped their success as globalizers
  • Catholicism and globalization throughout history in the Asian-Pacific region and America 
  • Islam in Europe and the impacts of globalization 

related guide | Religion and Globalization: Gender and Theory

This guide is part of the Berkley Center's Religion and World Affairs Virtual Course Modules, a collection of curricular modules that draws on open-access articles and multimedia sources to support online learning in higher education.

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