Religions of India
SYLLABUS

DATE
TOPICS/READINGS
9/11
Introduction [VIDEO: Empire of the Spirit]
9/13
Ritual and Sacrifice in the Vedic Religion
HRT: 1-16; IR: 39-49; LH: 15-41
9/18
Sacred Scriptures of the Vedic Tradition: From the Rig Veda to the Upanisads
HRT: 17-35; IR: 49-54; HRT: 36-51; IR: 57-71
9/20
Rejecting the Vedic Religion: Mahavira and the “Unorthodox” Traditions
HRT: 52-63; IR: 89-102; The Indian Way: 108-116; LH: 43-50
9/25
The Development of the Jain Tradition
The Indian Way: 116-132; Religions of India in Practice: 326-332, 598-608
9/27
The Buddha’s Response to Vedic Religion
IR: 103-116; An Introduction to Buddhism: 9-31
10/2
Early Buddhism: The Noble Eightfold Path
IR: 116-129; The Historical Buddha: 130-153
10/4
MIDTERM EXAM
10/9
“Orthodox” Responses to the “Unorthodox” Traditions
HRT: 64-86; IR: 131-142; The Life of Hinduism: 63-75
10/11
The Epics: The Mahabharata/Bhagavad Gita and the Ramayana
HRT: 87-95; IR: 147-165; The Life of Hinduism: 115-136
10/16
The Development of Puranic Theism: The Cults of Vishnu and Shiva
HRT: 95-112; IR: 209-217; LH: 113-134
10/18
At the Temple & On the Road
LH: 136-184
10/23
The Tantric Tradition in Buddhism and Hinduism
HRT: 112-117, 126-130; IR: 193-206, 430-436, 441-442; LH: 50-61 [Essay Topic Due]
10/25
Bhakti: The Development of “Devotional” Hinduism
HRT: 117-126; IR: 303-307; 347-352, 357-363; LH: 63-87
10/28 Temple Visit: The Hindu Temple of Greater Chicago
10/30
Guru Nanak and the Origins of Sikhism
Sikhism: 3-15, 95-102; IR: 375-384
11/1
The Development of Sikhism
Sikhism: 47-61, 102-116; IR: 388-393
11/6
Contemporary Sikhism [VIDEO: World Sikhism Today]
Sikhism: 134-153, 228-240
11/8
Modern Responses to Traditional Hinduism [VIDEO: Gandhi]
LH: 241-293
11/13
Low and High Caste Hinduism in Contemporary India [FILM: Water]
LH: 187-238
11/15
Conceptions of “Universal Religion” in Modern Hindu Thought
IR: 413-415, 516-531; LH: 295-325 [Term Paper Due]
11/20
Final Exam
Tuesday, November 20 ~ 10:00 AM-12:00 PM