ASIAN 380 - Topics in Asian Studies
Section: 005 Nation and Religion in South Asia
Term: FA 2010
Subject: Asian Studies (ASIAN)
Department: LSA Asian Languages & Cultures
Credits:
3
Other:
WorldLit
Waitlist Capacity:
99
Repeatability:
May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit(s).
Primary Instructor:

Is the nation an object of religious fetish? Does the ideology of nationalism share its conceptual grammar with faith or devotion? How do religious identities and national identities map onto each other? Can we understand religious violence as a particular case of national violence?

This course will examine some of the above questions by dwelling upon the interconnections between nation and religion. We will turn to colonial and postcolonial South Asia as our illustrative example to understand this relationship. Home to most major religious traditions of the world, South Asia has also experimented with a variety of nationalist ideologies and organizations for more than a century. We will engage with the formation of religious identities in modern South Asia in the colonial period, its impact on anti-colonial nationalism, the subsequent partition of the subcontinent and the formation of modern nation-states, and current debates on religion, secularism, and the public sphere in various countries in the region.

  • Regular Attendance: 10% of grade
  • Participation: 10% of grade
  • Two Short Papers: 30% of grade (15% each)
  • One Class Presentation: 15% of grade
  • Final Project: 35% of grade

  • ASIAN 380 - Topics in Asian Studies
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    002 (LEC)
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    45003
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    TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
    003 (LEC)
    P
    45004
    Open
    27
     
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    M 1:00PM - 4:00PM
    004 (LEC)
    P
    45005
    Open
    31
     
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    MWF 2:00PM - 3:00PM
    005 (LEC)
    P
    46734
    Open
    31
     
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    TuTh 4:00PM - 5:30PM
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    ISBN: 9780521682251
    Concise History of Modern Indi, Author: Thomas Metcalf and Barbara D. Metcalf, Publisher: Cambridge University Press 2006
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