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Heidi R. Pauwels
ASIAN 498
Seattle Campus

Special Topics

Offered occasionally by permanent or visiting faculty members. Topics vary. Offered: AWSp.

Class description

"Hindu-Muslim literary encounters". This class will highlight selected moments of literary exchange between Hindus and Muslims in the Indian subcontinent. We will focus on reading and contextualizing Sufi and Bhakti literature in translation (originally written in Persian and vernacular literature). Readings will rang from thirteenth century poems to contemporary Qawwali, bhajan and film songs. We will discuss a.o. Amir Khusrow, Kabir, Malik Muhammad Jayasi, and Dara Shikoh. In conjunction with the course three guest lecturers will present their cutting edge research (Muzaffar Alam from Chicago University, Sunil Sharma of Boston University and Rajeev Kinra from Northwestern). Come and partake in research in the making.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Introductory lecture Close reading of/ listening to devotional texts Weekly class discussion sections

Recommended preparation

Relig 352/ Asian 203

Class assignments and grading


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Heidi R. Pauwels
Date: 02/25/2011