REL 253 Spring 2015 Spiritual Crossroads: Religious Life in Southeast Asia (D)

Cross Listed as ANTH233, ASST233
No region of the world presents a richer tapestry of religious beliefs, practices, and institutions than Southeast Asia. Buddhism, Hinduism, Christianity and Islam are all to be found and all of them interpenetrate and contend with each other and with a deep undergirding of animism, shamanism, and mystical folk belief systems. This course will survey these religious traditions through time and space, looking in particular at the growing tension between religion and the state as fundamentalism and religious militancy have spread into the region in recent times. All of Southeast Asia will be covered, but particular attention will be devoted to Indonesia, where religious blending and the growth of new fundamentalism are both especially marked.
Class Format: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: midterm, short essays, term paper
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Prerequisites: none; open to non-majors
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Divisional Attributes: Division II,Exploring Diversity
Other Attributes: INST South + Southeast Asia Studies Electives,REL South Asian Traditions Courses
Enrollment Limit: 19
Expected Enrollment: 15
Class Number: 4050
REL 253 - 01 (S) SEM Religious Life Southeast Asia (D) Division 2: Social StudiesExploring Diversity Initiative Peter Just
TR 11:20 AM-12:35 PM Clark Hall 205 4050
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