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

Spring 2010

ANS 340 • Religion/Rebellion in Modern East Asia-W

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
30905 M
5:00 PM-8:00 PM
Jes A205A

Course Description

This reading and discussion based course will focus on the 19th and 20th centuries, examining both specific movements (e.g. the Taiping Rebellion, The Boxers, Japanese new religions, Tibetan Buddhism under Communist China and Aum Shinrikyo), and general trends, such as modern millenarianism, shamanism and ascetic practice. We will focus on critical analytical themes for each of the movements, including pre-existing indigenous understandings of the intersection of religion and politics, motivations of adherents, new movements' roots in established institutions and orthodox practices, state repression of new religious movements, relationships between the emergence of new religions and imperialism/colonialism, and the status of religious minorities

Grading Policy

Presentations and Participation 30% Research Paper related assignments 30% Final Research Paper 40%


Spence, Jonathan. God's Chinese Son: The Taiping Heavenly Kingdom of Hong Xiuquan Stalker, Nancy. Prophet Motive: Deguchi OnisaburĂ´, Oomoto and the Rise of New Religions in Imperial Japan Cohen, Paul. History in Three Keys: The Boxers as Event, Experience and Myth Gyatso, Tenzin (The Fourteenth Dalai Lama). My Land and My People: The Original Autobiography of His Holiness The Dalai Lama of Tibet Reader, Ian. Religious Violence in Contemporary Japan: The Case of Aum Shinrikyo


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