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PPR240:Contemporary Issues in Asian Religions
Tutors: Hiroko Kawanami (Michaelmas) and Brian Black (Lent)
This course looks at current debates and controversies in the religious traditions of Asia. The course will focus on Hinduism and Buddhism, but will also touch upon issues that impact on other religions in their South, East, and South East Asian contexts, such as Islam, Sikhism, Jainism, Judaism, Christianity, Confucianism, Daoism, and Shinto. Some of the issues covered include religious conflict, caste, gender, the environment, religious identity, nationalism and globalization. The course is designed for students entering Part Two and it parallels and complements PPR 241. However, it is also free-standing and may be taken as an independent unit.
On successful completion of this module students will be able to:
40% coursework and 60% exam.
Lecture (2 hours) weekly, and seminar (1 hour) fortnightly.
S Berkwitz (ed) Buddhism in World Cultures
E Bloch et al (eds) Rethinking Religion in India
G Larson India's Agony Over Religion
I Reader Religion in Contemporary Japan
D Swearer The Buddhist World of Southeast Asia
L Woodhead et al (eds) Religions in the Modern World, (2nd edition)
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