HDS 3543

Religion in India: Texts and Traditions

Diana L. Eck


An exploration of the classical texts, spiritual teachings, epic narratives, and religious movements that have shaped a complex civilization for some three thousand years, from the Indus Valley to today. Readings in primary sources - Vedas and Upanishads, Buddhist and Jain teachings, the Mahabharata and the Bhagavad Gita, Bhakti and Sufi poets, Sikh gurus and Muslim kings. Attention to the creation of a rich and composite civilization and the ways in which these sources continue to be of significance to the understanding of modern India. Note: Weekly section to be arranged.

Enrollment Limited: No
Open to BTI Students: No
Jointly offered as Culture and Belief 60

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0.50 credits
Fall 2014
M W F 11am-12pm
FAS Boylston Hall Room 110 (Fong Auditorium)

Relationship to Program Requirements

Program Requirement Area / Category / Art / Designation
MTS Area(s) of Focus
  • Religion, Literature, and Culture
  • South Asian Religious Traditions
MDiv Distribution Category/ies
  • South Asian Religions
MDiv Art(s) of Ministry None
Language Course Designation(s) None