Constructing Hinduism and Islam|
Spring 2009 not offered
What is Hinduism? What is not? Is Islam a religion or a way of life? What is the difference? The meanings of few words are as greatly contested as that of "religion." For Western (primarily Christian) observers, Hinduism and Islam have acted as foils for their self-perceptions of faith, practice, modernity, and culture. More significantly, Western scholars of religion in the course of their studies have influenced the self-understanding of those who identify themselves as Hindu and Muslim. The concept of religion continues to play a significant role in both nation formation and international affairs. Using theory critiquing the category of religion, we will explore the application of this term by Westerners in South Asia and the Middle East and investigate the continuing debate regarding the identities of these religions both by those within and outside these traditions.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (HIST-MN)(RELI)(SISP-Reli Conc)
Suhir Kakar, THE COLORS OF VIOLENCE
Richard Martin, APPROACHES TO ISLAM IN RELIGIOUS STUDIES
Jawaharlal Nehru, THE DISCOVERY OF INDIA
Edward Said, ORIENTALISM
Jonathan Z. Smith, IMAGINING RELIGION
Wilfred Cantwell Smith, THE MEANING AND END OF RELIGION
|Examination and Assignments: |
Three short papers and one research paper.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Attendance and participation are mandatory
This course fulfills a "Critical Theory" Religion Department majors requirement.