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Aryanism and Indology

The idea of an Aryan “master race” has an enduring hold on the racist imagination. But when and how did the concept arise? This course shows how nineteenth-century German Indologists such as Friedrich and August Wilhelm Schlegel fostered the image of the Aryans. The emphasis in this course is on understanding how Indology is essentially linked with Aryanism: the discourse on Aryans underpins all efforts at the dating of texts and periodization, including the history of Indian and explanations of Hinduism.

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Course Code: HAM 5401

Credit Hours: 3

Course Level: 500

$900.00

The idea of an Aryan “master race” has an enduring hold on the racist imagination. But when and how did the concept arise? This course shows how nineteenth-century German Indologists such as Friedrich and August Wilhelm Schlegel fostered the image of the Aryans. The emphasis in this course is on understanding how Indology is essentially linked with Aryanism: the discourse on Aryans underpins all efforts at the dating of texts and periodization, including the history of Indian and explanations of Hinduism.

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Students will gain a historical overview of German Indology from its origins to the present. They will read basic source texts for German attitudes towards ancient and modern India, especially the Vedic period, Brahmanism, and Hinduism. They will learn how German nationalism, theories of racial supremacy, the quest for Aryan identity, and Protestantism and Lutheran anti-Semitism shaped the discipline of Indology. German Indology’s role in fostering National Socialism and the treatment of Jewish Indologists will also be discussed. Students will also be expected to read and analyze excerpts from Rammohan Roy, Dayanand Saraswati, Tilak, and Ambedkar in light of their knowledge of Indology.

Areas of Study: History and Methods

Required/ Elective: Elective

Prerequisites: Admission into a Program of Study/ Must have completed Orientation to Hindu Studies or Concurrently enrolled in OTHS

Instructor: Dr. Joydeep Bagchee

Start Date: 5 April 2020

End Date: 14 June 2020

Day: Every Sunday

Time: 11 – 2 pm EST

Quarter: Spring 2020

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