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

Fall 2009

ANS 301R • History of Religions of Asia

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
31030 MWF
10:00 AM-11:00 AM
UTC 3.102

Course Description

This course will survey the central beliefs and patterns of life of living religious traditions of Asia. It will focus particularly on the essential texts or narratives of these traditions, on the periods of their origins, and on the concepts of humanity, the world, and the divine that are distinctive of each. In addition, the course will explore not only what people believe religiously but also what they do religiously. Part of the course, therefore, will consider the ways of life, patterns of social action, and rituals practiced by different communities. Not all Asian traditions can be included in a one-semester survey. The traditions chosen have large numbers of adherents, or have particular historical significance, or represent different cultural areas.

Grading Policy

Three quizzes 35% Four essays 40% Final 25% Regrettably, excessive unexcused absences and persistent failure to prepare the assignments on time have deleterious effects on final grades for the class. On the other hand, vigorous and informed participation in class discussions can help a grade. Other factors, such as a student's progress or effort in the course, may also affect final grades for the class.


Donald S. Lopez, Jr., ed. Asian Religions in Practice: An Introduction R. K. Narayan, tr., The Ramayana Burton Watson, tr., Zhuangzi: Basic Writings Peter Haskel, tr., Letting Go: The Story of Zen Master Tosui


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