Academic Catalog 2017-2018 
    
    Aug 19, 2019  
Academic Catalog 2017-2018 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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HST 384 - Historical Foundations of South Asian Religions

Course Units: 1
(Not Offered this Academic Year) South Asia is garnering intense interest in the 21st century. This course is designed to open our eyes to the region of South Asia; to learn more about this developing region in terms of its society, culture, economy, religion, and politics. Did you know that Buddhism and Islam are the fastest growing religions in the world? There are more Muslims in South Asia than any other region of the world. Buddhism, Hinduism, and Islam have remained religious forces that have continued to exert a strong influence on political, social, and economic life. Contrary to their ‘spiritualistic’ image, violence and conflict have been an integral aspect of these religions. We will examine how Sough Asian traditions have commonly been an important element in sectarian politics, nationalism and war. We will assess their adaptations in light of the problems in the modern world using media and literary sources. CC: LCC



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