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Academic Year 2005/2006
Constructing Hinduism & Islam
RELI 297 SP
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,
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,
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
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
Cantwell Smith, THE MEANING AND
END OF RELIGION
EXAMINATIONS 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.
Gen Ed Area Dept:
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- Instructor(s): Gottschalk,Peter S.
- Times: ..T.R.. 10:30AM-11:50AM; Location: BTFDA413;
- Reserved Seats: (Total Limit: 20)
- SR. major: 8 Jr. major: 7
- SR. non-major: 3 Jr. non-major: 2 SO: X FR: X
- Curricular Renewal: Writing
Last Updated on MAR-30-2006
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