Religion and Culture in South and Southeast Asia

HINDI 3171

Although it is now common to differentiate between South and Southeast Asia, historically these regions have often been conceptualized as part of a single geographical area. Known as the "(East) Indies", this area is marked by a rich history of (earlier) Hindu and Buddhist influences, as well as (later) Islamic and Christian influences. The present course will take an in-depth look at the four aforementioned religious traditions, and examine how they have shaped local forms of culture in premodern and modern times. Students will be introduced to host of phenomena in South and Southeast Asian societies, including religious worship, education, law, traditional governance, colonial governance, art, architecture, economic production, kinship, gender, and sexuality. Countries to be studied in the course include India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Myanmar, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Papua New Guinea. Please note: L73 5171 and L75 5171 are intended for graduate students only.
Course Attributes: BU Eth; BU IS; AS HUM; AS LCD; AS SD I; AS SC; EN H

Section 01

Religion and Culture in South and Southeast Asia - 01
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