History of religions, concentrating on religions that have developed in South Asia and East Asia. Primary attention to Hinduism and Buddhism; other important Asian religions are discussed in relation to them, with emphasis on basic conceptual and symbolic structures.
RELIG 202 Introduction to World Religions, Eastern, Pagel This course provides an introduction to the historical evolution and geographical distribution of the enduring themes of belief and practice of the major religions of India, China and Japan, including Hinduism, Buddhism (of South Asia, Tibet and East Asia), Jainism, Sikhism, Confucianism, Taoism and Shintoism. Readings include both analytical accounts and primary sources in translation. Films and videos will supplement the lectures. A highly qualified teaching assistant, Ms Susan Zakin, graduate student in Comparative Religion and specialist in Tibetan Buddhism, will lead weekly discussion sessions and contribute a number of lectures. Midquarter and final examinations will be essays, long and short. Brief writing assignments will be given in discussion sessions.
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