Heidi R. Pauwels
Offered occasionally by permanent or visiting faculty members. Topics vary. Offered: AWSp.
"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
Relig 352/ Asian 203
Class assignments and grading