Hinduism: An Introduction
(Course description and original
syllabus by
Diane Mines)

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Course Description

An introduction to Hindu practice and thought, this course explores
broadly the variety of forms, practices, and philosophies that have been
developing from the time of the Vedas (ca. 1500 B. C. E.) up to the
present day popular Hinduism practiced in both urban and rural India.
The course pays special attention to the relation between Hindu religion
and mythology and the wider cultural, social, and political contexts in
which it has arisen and to which it has given shape; to questions of
Hindu identity in India and America; and to relations between the Hindu
majority of India and minority traditions. DISCUSSION SECTIONS ARE OPTIONAL

 

Original Course Description

An introduction to Hindu practice and thought, this course explores
broadly the variety of forms, practices, and philosophies that have been
developing from the time of the Vedas (ca. 1500 B. C. E.) up to the
present day "popular" Hinduism practiced in both urban and rural India.
The course pays special attention to the relation between Hindu "religion"
and the wider cultural, social, and political contexts in which it has arisen
and to which it has given shape.

 

Cultural Diversity

Explore the Rich Cultural Diversity of the Religion,
(or Family of Religions) and the Tradition
(or Stream of Traditions) now called Hinduism!

NOTE: As a sympathetic non-Hindu, I must be neutral on questions of Hindu
identity (I will be "fair and balanced," always respectful, but perhaps sometimes,
I hope, "funny"!). Students may write their research paper on virtually any topic
relating to Hinduism, broadly and generously conceived. However, in each year
an unofficial theme has developed in the discussion groups. One suggestion
for 2003 (just a suggestion!)

"Who Speaks for Hinduism and Who Against:
Hinduphilia and Hinduphobia in American Culture and Academia"

 

Satyam Eva Jayate

"Truth Alone Prevails" (in Sanskrit);
Compare to Washington University's Motto,
"Per Veritatem Vis," "Strength Through Truth" (in Latin)!

 

Previously Offered:

Autumn 1997, Autumn 1998, Autumn 1999, Autumn 2000, Autumn 2001, Autumn 2002, Autumn 2003

 

Next Offered:

Autumn 2005

 

To Register

Washington University Online Course Catalog

WebSTAC (online course registration)

 

Time and Place

 

Autumn 2003

ReSt 250F (Q) [U66] Hinduism: An Introduction -T-T--- 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM [Lab Sciences 250]
(Section A: -T----- 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM) [
Duncker 101]
(Section B: ---T--- 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM) [
Duncker 101]

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Also of Potential Interest

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Buddhist Religion Study Page
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Food and Religion Page
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Local Indo-Pak Restaurants and Groceries
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Medical Humanities Page
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Folklore and Folklife Page
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Minorities and Civil Rights Page

 

Notes and Links

(This page is under development; suggestions are welcome! Send comments to Jerome Bauer)

(Note: Neither I nor anyone else at Washington University necessarily endorses
the views expressed in these websites)

 

Miscellaneous

Hindu Temple of St Louis

Vedanta Society of St Louis

Vedanta Center Links

Missouri Sathya Sai Baba Centers (including St Louis and Clayton)

Society for Hindu-Christian Studies

Hinduism Today

Hinduism Today Om Clip Art

Hinduism Today Hindu Art Online

Sanskrit Manuscripts Online

R. K. Narayan's Obituary (Frontline Magazine)

Ramayana Comic Book

Mahabharata Home Page (Including Bibliography)

Dreamworks' Ramayana Adaptation

Japanese Animated Ramayana (No. 258)

Miracle of Ganesh Drinking Milk (including video)

South Asian Journals

Vedic, Ayurvedic, and Astrological Associations in North America

New Religious Movements Links

 

Hinduphilia, Hinduphobia, and Blasphemy and Defamation Issues

Rajiv Malhotra Article: "RISA Lila 1: Wendy's Child Syndrome"
[on alleged Hindu-bashing by American academics, especially those in the
American Academy of Religion's "Religion in South Asia" (RISA) Section,
most particulary Professor
Wendy Doniger, and her students, including
Jeffrey Kripal and Sarah Caldwell]

Jeffrey Kripal's Response to Rajiv Malhotra's Article, "RISA Lila 1: Wendy's Child Sydrome"

Response to Jeffrey Kripal's Response to Rajiv Malhotra's Article

Wendy Doniger's Faculty Profile (University of Chicago)

Jeffrey Kripal's Home Page (Rice University)

Sarah Caldwell's Faculty Profile (California State University, Chico)

The Stranger's Religion: Fascination and Fear (Hinduphilia and Hinduphobia in American Culture)

Swami Tyagananda's Critique of Jeffrey Kripal's Controversial Book, Kali's Child

Jeffrey Kripal's Response to Swami Tyagananda's Critique (now offline; ask me for a copy)

Reflections on Hindu Studies vis-a-vis Hindu Practice (Swami Tyagananda)

Public Feedback on Kali's Child

Sword of Truth review of Kali's Child

Sword of Truth protest letters for Kali's Child

XAC Information Index
[Articles on the allegedly blasphemous Xena the Warrior Princess Krishna episode,
allegations of censorship, and Hindu defenders of Xena]

Online Article: "Xena Producers Bow to Hindu Protest"

Defamation/Anti-Defamation: Who Speaks for Hinduism?

Journal of the American Academy of Religion (JAAR) Special Issue:
"Who Speaks for Hinduism?"
December 2000, Vol. 68, No. 4
BV1460 .N23 Olin Level B Stacks

"Who Speaks for Hinduism--, and Who Against?"
Hawley, John Stratton
JAAR, December 2000, Vol. 68, No. 4, pp. 711-720
BV1460 .N23 Olin Level B Stacks

 

Sarasvati River and Speculations About Vedic / Harappan Civilization

Sarasvatisindhu

Sarasvati River Index

Encyclopedia Mythica article: Sarasvati

 

Aryan Invasion Versus Migration Controversy

Online article by Dr. David Frawley (Pandit Vamadeva Shastri), American Institute of Vedic Studies:
"The Myth of the Aryan Invasion"

Critique of David Frawley's article, cited above, by Professor Michael Witzel, Harvard University:
Part One
Part Two

Online article by Dr. David Frawley (Pandit Vamadeva Shastri), American Institute of Vedic Studies:
"The Myth of the Hindu Right"

 

 

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