Religions of Modern India

Spring Semester 2018


Course Outline:

 

Topics



Videos in Green

Reading Assignments



Primary Texts in Purple

 

Quizzes &
Written Assignments

Black = Optional.  Red = Required

Total of ten required

           

 

Week One

Jan 19: Introduction to the Course

 

 

 

 

 

Hindu Religious Traditions in Pre-Modern India (An Overview)

Week Two

Jan 22: Ways of Action: Brahmans, Ritual, and Caste

 

Š      Knott, chs. 1 & 2

Š      MSA ch. 1

Š      S&R01: Knott, chs. 1 & 2

Jan 24: Ways of Mystical Realization: Gurus, World Renouncers, and Liberation

 

Š      Knott, ch. 3

Š      MSA ch. 2, pp. 8-12

Š      S&R02: Knott, ch. 3

Jan 26: Ways of Devotion: Gods, Saints, and Worship

 

Š      Knott, chs. 4 & 5

Š      MSA ch. 2, pp. 12-17

Š      S&R03: Knott, chs. 4 & 5

 

 

Islam in India: Sufis and Moghuls

Week Three

Jan 29:  Story of India: The Meeting of Two Oceans

 

 

Š      Embree, The Foundations of Islam in India, pp. 383-391

Š      Video Worksheet 01

Jan 31: Islam and its Introduction to India

Š      MSA ch. 3

 

QUIZ 1

 

Week Four

Feb. 05:  The Sufi Traditions

 

 

 

 

 

Š      Aslan, Stain Your Prayer Rug with Wine [BB]

Š      Embree, Islamic Mysticism in India, pp. 447-450  [BB]

Feb 07: Video: I am a Sufi, I am a Muslim
 

 

 

 

Š      Embree, Islamic Mysticism in India, pp. 450-458  [BB]

Š      Video Worksheet 02

Š      S&R04: Mir, Teachings of Two Punjabi Sufi Poets [BB]

Feb 09:  The Moghuls
 

 

 

Š      MSA, ch. 4

 

Week Five

Feb 12: Sufism and Syncretism  under the Mughals:
Akbar’s “Divine Faith” and Dara Shikoh appropriation of Hindu Vedanta

 

Š      Embree, Islamic Mysticism in India, pp. 463-478, 483-489  [BB]

Š      S&R05: Shah Wali-Ullah – Sufism and the Crisis of Islam in India, in Embree, Islamic Mysticism in India, pp. 478-483. [BB]

 

 

 

The Sikh Tradition

 

Feb 14: The Sant Tradition and Nirguna Bhatki

 

 

Š      Vaudeville, C. “Sant MatSantism as the Universal Path to Sanctity” [BB]

Š      S&R06: Dharwadker, Kabir [BB]

Feb 16:  The Ten Gurus and Sikh History

 

 

Š      Embree, Sikhism: Faith and Practice, pp. 493-500

 

Š      S&R07:  McLeod, The Life of Guru Nanak [BB]

 

 

Week Six

Feb 19:  Sikh Doctrine and Practice

 

 

Š      Embree, Sikhism: Faith and Practice, pp. 500-509

Š      S&R08:  McLeod, Sikh Hymns to the Divine Name [BB]

 



Company Raj and British Liberal Reform

 

Feb 21:  British East India Company

 

Š      MSA, chs. 7 & 8

 

 

 

 

QUIZ 2

 

Š      S&R09: “The company that ruled the waves,” The Economist, Dec. 2011 [BB]

Feb 23: Liberalism, Christianity, and Empire

 

 

Š      Metcalf, Thomas R. “Liberalism and Empire” [BB]

 

 

Hindu Reform: Brahmo Samajh

Week Seven

Feb 26: Rammohun Roy

Š      Lavan, Spencer.  The Brahmo Samajh: India’s First Modern Movement for Religious Reform, pp. 1-6 [BB]

Š      Sources of Indian Traditions vol 2 [SIT], pp. 15-35

Š      S&R10:  Roy, Rammohun, “The Brahmunical Magazine or the Missionary and the Brahmun, being a Vindication of the Hindoo Religion against the Attacks of Christian Missionaries” (1821), pp. 145-158 [BB]

Feb 28: D. Tagore and K. Sen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Š      SIT, pp. 36-38

Š      Lavan (ibid.), pp. 6-23

Š      S&R11: Debendranath Tagore: Re-Creator of the Brahmo Samajh.  SIT pp. 38-44

Š      S&R12:  Keshub Chunder Sen and the Indianization of Christianity.  SIT, pp. 44-52

Š      S&R13:  Dayananda Sarasvati: Vedic Revivalist

Mar 02: Class cancelled because of inclement weather.

 

 

MIDTERM EXAM POSTED HERE

Submit to your google file for the class by first light on Monday, March 12th.



The Sati Debate

Week Eight

Mar 05:  Gora

Š      Gora, chs. 1-14

 

Mar 07: Perspectives on Sati:  Traditional, Colonial, Contemporary
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Š      Courtright, The Iconographies of Sati [BB]

Š       S&R14:  Roy, Rammohun, “Translation of a Conference between an Advocate for and an Opponent of the Practice of Burning Widows Alive” (1818) [BB]

 

Š      S&R15: “Petition of Hindus Against the Abolition of Sati” (1829) [BB]

 

Š      S&R16:  Bentinck, William.  Link:  On Ritual Murder in India, 1829.

Mar 09: Gora

Š      Gora, chs. 15-31

 

 

 

Week Nine

 

Mar. 12 – 17: No Class (Spring Recess)

 

 

 

Devi – A Film by Satyajit Ray

Week Ten

Mar. 19: Devi

 

 

Š      (Gora)

 

Mar 21: (Devi continued)

 

Š      (Gora)

Š      S&R17: Nandy, Sati as Profit vs. Sati as a Spectacle [BB]

Mar 23: Gora

 

 

Š      Gora, chs. 32-38

 

 

 

The Sepoy Rebellion & Crown Raj

Week Eleven

Mar 26: The Revolt of 1857

 

Š      MSA ch. 9

 

Mar 28: Munchi Premchand’s The Chess Players

Š       Premchand, The Chess Players [BB]

 

Mar 30: A Nation in Making?

 

Š      MSA, ch. 11

 

Š      S&R18: MSA, ch. 11.  A Nation in Making?

 

 

Gandhi

Week Twelve

April 02: Video:  Gandhi

 

 

Š      Kinsley, D. “Gandhi” [BB]

Š      S&R19: Amin, Gandhi as Mahatma [BB]

April 06: Gandhian Nationalism

 

 

Š      MSA chs. 12 & 13

Š      S&R20:  Lal, The Gandhi Everyone Loves to Hate [BB]

 

 

Week Thirteen

April 09:  Gandhi’s Critique of Modernity

 

Š      Gandhi, M. K., Hind Swaraj

Š      Recommended: MSA chs. 14 & 15

 

Š      S&R21: Gandhi, Hind Swaraj

 

 

Hindu Women and Marriage

 

April 11:  Hindu Women, Politics, and Religious Leadership during the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries

 

Š      Falk, N.   Shakti Ascending [BB]

Š      S&R22: Falk, Shakti Ascending [BB]

April 13: Discussion

 

 

 

 

CONTEMPORARY HINDU MOVEMENTS

Spiritual Recognition and the Radhasoami Faith

Week Fourteen

April 16: Redemption in a Fluid World

 

 

Š      Babb, Ch. 2 [BB]

Š      S&R23:  Babb,  Ch. 2 - Redemption in a Fluid World [BB]

April 18: Identity and Recognition

 

 

Š      Babb, Ch. 3 [BB]

Š      S&R24: Babb, Ch. 3 – Identity and Recognition [BB]

April 20:  Discussion

 

 

           

 

Sathya Sai Baba and the Lesson of Trust

Week Fifteen

April 23: Sathya Sai Baba’s Miracles

 

 

Š      Babb, Ch. 7 [BB]

Š      S&R25: Babb, Sathya Sai Baba’s Miracles [BB]

 

TAKE-FINAL POSTED HERE

Submit to your google file for the class

by first light on May 06.

April 25: The Reenchantment of the World

 

 

 

Š      Babb, Ch. 8 [BB]

Š      S&R26: Babb, The Reenchantment of the World [BB]

April 27:  No Class (Meckel away at conference)