Religious Cultures in History

This course examines the history, ritual, and social contexts in the religious traditions of South Asia and explores the roles they play in the broader landscape of South Asian religion and culture. It also focuses on the ways in which these ideals have been embodied in particular scriptural, historical, and regional contexts by examining narrative literature, various practices of worship and asceticism, and contemporary interpretations. Depending upon the expertise of the instructor this course will examine either a single religious tradition in detail or several traditions in interaction with each other.