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Rel 226 - Religious Traditions of India
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Religious Traditions of India REL 226 T TH 2 15 PM 4 05 PM Steiner 106 and Seminar Room TBA Professor Dobe Office Hours T TH 9 30 11 30 Steiner 105 e mail dobetimo grinnell edu and phone x3228 Man Course Description As the cover of this syllabus suggests India s religious diversity in both breadth and depth is perhaps without parallel in the world As an in depth introduction to that diversity this course offers a basic historical over view of India s many faiths including Hinduism Jainism Buddhism Sikhism and Islam In addition to exploring the origins and major characteristics of these traditions however the course aims to provoke student thinking about the significance of religious practice in the study of religion To this end the course highlights the variety of modalities and performances through which the sacred has been and continues to be enacted and constructed throughout South Asian history These modalities include among other things the use of sound sacrifice divine embodiment asceticism possession violence and politics When viewed through these interpretive lenses the solid boundaries between what we often think of as separate religions may become porous or may disappear altogether Required Texts available in the Grinnell Bookstore Amar Citra Katha comics Mirabai and Kabir Anantha Murthy Samskara Rite for a Dead Man Oxford University Press 1979 Bhagavad Gita Barbara Stoller Miller tr Bantam Classis 1986 Bondurant Joan Conquest of Violence The Gandhian Philosophy of Conflict Princeton University Press 1998 The Mahabharata revised paperback edition C V Narasimhan tr Columbia University Press 1998 Flood Gavin An Introduction to Hinduism Cambridge University Press 1996 Recommended for Purchase Hawley John Stratton and Mark Juergensmeyer Songs of the Saints of India Oxford University Press 1988 All other readings will be made available on the course s Blackboard site under the folder Documents and arranged in order according to the weeks of the syllabus These



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