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Fall 2017
Aug 24, 2019
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THEO 051 - Modern Hinduism
This class explores the contours of Hinduism as it is practiced in India today.  We shall range over a broad range of topics from everyday practices to temple worship and the main calendrical holidays.  Utilizing film (“Bandit Queen,” “Devi,” “Lagaan,” “Fire”), literature (A Fine Balance, The Death of Vishnu, The Guide, Samskara) and biography (Gandhi’s Autobiography, Ramana Maharshi ) the class will also look at broader themes such as Gandhi’s legacy, human rights (caste, gender, Hindu-Muslim relations), nationalism, sadhus (holy men) and gurus (teachers).  The class is both a sympathetic celebration of a profound and complex tradition and a critical examination of a changing tradition during the turbulent 20th century and the uncertain decades ahead.

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture, Seminar

Theology & Religious Studies Department

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