ASIAN 303 - Religious Military Orders of the World
Winter 2017, Section 001
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Subject: Asian Studies (ASIAN)
Department: LSA Asian Languages & Cultures
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This course looks at the representation in film and literature of some of the more well known militant religious orders of the world, such as the Christian Templars, Muslim Janissaries and Assassins, Hindu naga babas, the Khalsa order of Sikhism, and the Buddhist Samurai. Students will be introduced to the historical, cultural and ethnic contexts in which these movements arose and the influence they exerted in shaping the societies around them. The focus of the course will be to examine:

  1. how each of these movements was able to justify violence in the name of spirituality, and the idea of religious wars;
  2. whether their legacies have managed to survive in the modern world;
  3. the relationship between meditation and the martial arts Christian asceticism, Japanese aikido, Hindu yoga, Sikh gatka, Zen Buddhism, and Islamic jihad.
The course will involve an analysis of how these traditions have been presented in modern film and cinema.

Course Requirements:

As well as regular readings, students will be expected to watch and analyse relevant films and documentaries. Courses assessment will be on the basis of weekly forum posts.

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Class Format:

The course will be taught as a discussion seminar with a minimal lecture component.


ASIAN 303 - Religious Military Orders of the World
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001 (LEC)
 In Person
MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
1/4/17 - 4/18/17

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