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Course Outline

, Fall 2009
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Department
Religion
Course Code
RLG205H5
Professor
David Miller

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RELIGION 205H5F INTRODUCTION TO SOUTH ASIAN RELIGIONS
Instructor: David Miller, Associate Professor (Emeritus) Concordia University
Telephone (416) 658-5022
Office: North Building, Rm 151A
Office Hours: TBA
A.ADDENDUM TO THE CALENDAR DESCRIPTION
This course examines the historical development of Hindu Thought and Institutions in
South Asia from the beginning of Indian Civilization in the Indus Valley Period (2500-
1500 BCE) down to the Modern Period. The course, also, highlights the interactions of
Hinduism with Early Buddhism, Islam, Sikhism and Christianity.
B. REQUIRED TEXTS TO BE PURCHASED AT THE UTM BOOK STORE:
GAVIN FLOOD. AN INTRODUCTION TO HINDUISM
SELECTED READINGS TO BE PURCHASED AT THE COPY CENTRE IN
THE SOUTH BUILDING.
(COURSE PACK):
M. HIRIYANNA. ESSENTIALS OF INDIAN PHILOSOPHY
DAVID MILLER. “THE GURU AS THE CENTRE OF SACREDNESS in
RELIGIOUS STUDIES, 1976.
DAVID MILLER. “MODERNITY IN HINDU MONASTICISM in K.
ISHWARAN. ASCETIC CULTURE: RENUNCIATION AND WORLDLY
ENGAGEMENT
HENRY CLARK WARREN. BUDDHISM IN TRANSLATIONS
ARTICLES ON AKBAR, ASHOKA, JINNAH AND NANAK IN THE
ENCYCLOPAEDIA OF RELGION
C. REQUIREMENTS
1) IN-CLASS EXAMINATION October 26 (40%)
2) FINAL EXAMINATION DURING FINAL EXAMINATION PERIOD
(40%)
3) VISITATION AND A REPORT OF A SOUTH ASIAN INSTITUTION.
Each student must visit a South Asian institution; witness and ritual or
worship service or interview a religious specialist; and submit a report of
approximately five (5) pages typed of his/his experience. DUE NOV. 30
(20%)
D.LECTURES AND EXAMINATIONS
Sept 14 Introduction to the course. Definition of Religion. The Indus
River Valley Civilization (2500-1500 BCE). The coming of the
Aryans (1500 BCE); social structure; the Vedas; Vedic
gods/goddesses; Vedic rituals.
READ: FLOOD, CHAPTER 2, pp. 23-40; CHAPTERS 3, pp. 57-
66.
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