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Dr. Martha Selby, Chair 120 INNER CAMPUS DR STOP G9300 WCH 4.134 78712-1251 • 512-471-5811

Fall 2007

ANS 361 • Political Violence in South Asia

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
31620 TTh
12:30 PM-2:00 PM
PAR 203

Course Description

This course introduces students to fundamental theories dealing with ethno-nationalism to explain and challenge notions regarding ethno-religious violence in South Asia. It principally evaluates the relationship between democracy and ethno-religious violence in South Asia by focusing on the political bases of such violence. In doing so, the course also discusses the politics related to Islamic fundamentalism in Pakistan and Bangladesh, Hindu nationalism in India, and Buddhist nationalism in Sri Lanka.

Grading Policy

Exam 1 30% Exam 2 40% Crisis Paper 20% Attendance and Participation 10%


Partha S. Ghosh, BJP and the Evolution of Hindu Nationalism: From Periphery to Center (New Delhi: Manohar, 2000). Husain Haqqani, Pakistan: Between Mosque and Military (Washington D.C.: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 2005). Neil DeVotta, Blowback: Linguistic Nationalism, Institutional Decay, and Ethnic Conflict in Sri Lanka (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2004). Neil DeVotta, Political Buddhism and Nationalist Ideology in Sri Lanka (Washington D. C.: East-West Center, 2007) Hiranmay Karlekar, Bangladesh: The Next Afghanistan (New Delhi: Sage Publications, 2005). Course Packet


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