ANS 384 • Social and Religious Reform Movements in Colonial India
3:00 PM-6:00 PM
Religious and social reform movements on the 19th and 20th century India are not only examples of the intellectual encounter between East and West, and the precursors of nationalist political activity, but they also raise a number of intriguing interpretive questions. For example: to what degree are these movements the result of western impact, and to what degree do they drive their sources of inspiration from indigenous or "traditional" of these movements embody modernizing tendencies, such as the use of technological and organizational innovations? Also to what degree are those movements the product of the social and religious fragmentation of India, and to what degree did the contribute to (or accentuate) that fragmentation? There is, in addition, a gender dimension to this inquiry, at most reform movements were concerned, directly or indirectly, with women's status.Course requirements will include extensive readings and discussion; oral reports, short written reports, and a long research paper.
K.W. Jones, Socio-Religious Reform Movements in British India. Gail Minault, Secluded Scholars: Women's Education and Muslim Social Reform in Colonial India photocopied packet