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Race and Hindu Reform

HAM 6405 This course is the second part of a two-part course sequence that begins with HAM6403-Race and Modern Hinduism. What is Hindu reform and does Hinduism need it? This course examines modern Hindu writers and scholars from the colonial period. Its central thesis is that, through the influence of Christian missionaries and Orientalists, the concept of race, along with its accompanying narratives of world and national history, changed the way Hindus related to themselves.

 

 

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Course Code: HAM 6405

Credit Hours: 3

Course Level: 600

$900.00

HAM 6405 This course is the second part of a two-part course sequence that begins with HAM6403-Race and Modern Hinduism. What is Hindu reform and does Hinduism need it? This course examines modern Hindu writers and scholars from the colonial period. Its central thesis is that, through the influence of Christian missionaries and Orientalists, the concept of race, along with its accompanying narratives of world and national history, changed the way Hindus related to themselves.

 

 

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Course Content:

Our aim is to trace the encounter between Hinduism and the Western historicist episteme, how Hindu thinkers responded to the incursion of this episteme, and how their responses shaped contemporary Hinduism. We shall particularly focus on the role of an English-speaking elite in this process, especially those active in the major reform movements, Brahmo Samaj and Arya Samaj. Throughout, we shall contrast traditional modes of self-relation, guided by ethical reflection and individual self-discipline (askesis), with modern views of Hinduism, including its cultural, nationalistic, and assimilated expressions. For critical perspectives, we shall look at the work of Weber, Arendt, Fanon, and others.

Course Objectives

In this course students will be able to:
1. Extend and apply their understanding of the concept of race.
2. Understand how colonization impacted Hindu society.
3. Reexamine the role of social reformers and modernizers in shaping modern India.

Class Structure

There will be a minimum of 3 contact hours with the faculty every week.

Areas of Study: History & Methods

Required/ Elective: Elective

Prerequisites: Must have enrolled in Orientation to Hindu Studies or Completed Orientation to Hindu Studies

This course is the second part of a two-part course sequence that begins with HAM6403-Race and Modern Hinduism. However, with the faculty’s permission, students may take these courses in either sequence i.e. begin with Race and Hindu Reform and then take Race and Modern Hinduism.

Instructor: Dr. Joydeep Bagchee  

Day: Sunday

Start Date:-18th July 2021

End Date:- 26th September 2021

Time:- 10:00 am EST 01:00 pm EST

Quarter: Summer 2021

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