Religions of India
What you can learn.
- Learn about Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and the Sikh tradition
- Understand the history of Indian religions and their relationship to Western religions (Islam, Judaism, Christianity)
- Discuss religion critically
About this course:
Most Westerners do not realize that several religions originated in India, in addition to Hinduism—Buddhism, Jainism, and the Sikh tradition. How do so many religions, born from the same place, interact? How do they deal with the introduction of the three great Western religions: Islam, Judaism and Christianity? This course addresses these questions through lectures, audiovisuals, lively class discussions, and even a taste of India. Suggested background reading: Mittal and Thursby’s Religions of South Asia. After the final class, we will enjoy an optional field trip up the street to Bombay Bites.