ANTH 233
Spiritual Crossroads: Religious Life in Southeast Asia Spring 2015
Division II Exploring Diversity Initiative
Cross-listed ANTH 233 / REL 253 / ASST 233
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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.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 19
Expected: 15
Class#: 4048
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: midterm, short essays, term paper
Prerequisites: none; open to non-majors
Distributions: Division II Exploring Diversity Initiative
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
ANTH 233 Division II REL 253 Division II ASST 233 Division II
Attributes: INST South + Southeast Asia Studies Electives
REL South Asian Traditions Courses

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