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History of Dharmaśāstras I

History of Dharmaśāstras I

This two-part survey course provides an overview of dharma literature from ancient and medieval texts of the Hindu tradition. The … Read More
Research and Writing Preparatory Seminar

Research and Writing Preparatory Seminar

This introductory seminar introduces students to the fundamentals of academic research and writing. A prerequisite for beginning graduate study, it … Read More
Philosophy of Sri Aurobindo

Philosophy of Sri Aurobindo

An exploration of Sri Aurobindo’s philosophy and select writings with a focus on the intersection of spirituality and practicality towards … Read More
The Mahābhārata II

The Mahābhārata II

In part-II of this two-part course, we shall consider the Mahābhārata’s reception in the commentaries and lived Hinduism, especially the … Read More
Human Rights: A Hindu Perspective

Human Rights: A Hindu Perspective

To demonstrate how human rights concept and policy could be found in Hindu philosophy, and also how such a linkage … Read More
Akshardham

Discover Life by Exploring India

A unique study abroad course that offers an authentic, transformative and enriching experience. This course is aimed at students of … Read More
Philosophy of Nonviolence

Philosophy of Nonviolence

An examination of the concept of nonviolence, its evolution and practice in various cultures and traditions … Read More
Hunamities

The Humanities and the University – II

Inspired by neo-humanism, the research university was to facilitate self-cultivation, aesthetic appreciation (especially through knowledge of classical antiquity), and a … Read More
International Politics: A Hindu Perspective

International Politics: A Hindu Perspective

To explore methods to bridge the chasm between the practice of international politics and universal moral principles … Read More
holistic yoga

Applied Vedic Sciences Basic (Yoga)

The wellbeing of the individual and society in the Vedic vision of the universe included both material and spiritual wellbeing … Read More
sanskrit text

Mīmāṁsā Advanced

Epistemology is an important subject of study across several śāstras in the Indic knowledge tradition, in both Vedic and non-Vedic … Read More
Nyāya-vaiśeṣika Advanced

Nyāya-vaiśeṣika Advanced

The key features of the Navya-nyāya system of thought as it evolved in time to become the main pramāṇa-śāstra (loosely … Read More
Vedas

The Vedas (Ṛgveda)

Vedic texts constitute the foundation of the worldview and way of life that informs Hindu life and culture. The Ṛgveda … Read More
Team project

Term Project – Sanskrit Studies

At the end of 36 Credit-hours of course work, students will have an adequate introduction to the subjects of study … Read More
Mīmāṁsā Basic

Mīmāṁsā Basic

In the Hindu knowledge traditions, the science of interpreting various Vedic injunctions and aphorisms, and methods of reconciling apparently conflicting … Read More
Nyāya-Vaiśeṣika Basic

Nyāya-Vaiśeṣika Basic

Two distinct systems of classification of world phenomena, i.e. ontologies have emerged from the Vedic thought called Nyāya and Vaiśeṣika … Read More
Vedic Science Foundations

Vedic Science Foundations

India has its own highly systematized method of scientific discourse that is followed in all scientific texts, called śāstras. Every … Read More
Contesting Neo-Hinduism

Contesting Neo-Hinduism

The current mainstream narrative in western academia is that there are two kinds of Hinduism: traditional and neo and that … Read More
Philosophy of Science and Hinduism

Philosophy of Science and Hinduism

In the colonial and postcolonial contexts, there have been many attempts both by Indians and western people to situate the … Read More
Philosophical Foundations of Orientalism

Philosophical Foundations of Orientalism

Orientalism employs a technique termed “deconstruction.” In order to effectively and critically examine a colonial and postcolonial discourse, it is … Read More
Orientalism and Hinduism

Orientalism and Hinduism

In postcolonial scholarship, Edward Said’s work Orientalism can be considered a landmark text. This course helps students understand what Said … Read More
Arthaśāstra

Arthaśāstra

To examine the core ideas such as state, war, and peace in the ancient text Arthashastra, a major treatise on … Read More
Śhānti Parva

Śhānti Parva

To elaborate ideas of good governance and duties of a ruler towards his subjects and Dharma as enshrined in Śānti … Read More
Bhagavad gita

The Vision of the Bhagavad-Gītā

Distilled from the Upaniṣad, the Śrīmad Bhagavad-Gītā is a fundamental text of Hindu Dharma which has given rise to many … Read More
Anticolonialism and Postcolonialism

Anticolonialism and Postcolonialism

This course introduces the theories of various anticolonial and postcolonial writers in order to create a framework for a critical … Read More
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