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Hinduism I series (eight lectures)

Professor Gavin Flood
Friday, 20 October 2006 - 11:00am

This course offers a thematic and historical introduction to Hinduism for students of theology and religious studies. Focusing on the brahmanical tradition we will explore the textual sources, categories, practices and social institutions that formed that tradition. Primary texts in translation will provide the basis for reflection on issues such as dharma, renunciation, caste, and concepts of deity. We then move on to some of the major philosophical developments of the tradition, with particular emphasis on the Vedanta. The course will raise theological and cultural questions about the relation between reason and practice, person and world, and society and gender. We will conclude with a consideration of Hinduism and modernity.

Lecture Schedule

  • Introduction: What is Hinduism?
  • The Veda and vedic traditions.
  • Dharma, society and gender
  • Ascetic Traditions
  • Indian Theism
  • Philosophical Traditions 1
  • Philosophical Traditions 2
  • Hinduism and Modernity