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Module Reading List

Introduction to South Asian Religions, 2017/18, Semester 2
Dr Mikel Burley
m.m.burley@leeds.ac.uk
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

WEEK ONE (week beginning 23rd January 2017)

Background reading: Sushil Mittal and Gene Thursby. 2006. ‘Introduction’, in Sushil Mittal and Gene Thursby, eds. Religions of South Asia : an introduction . London and New York: Routledge, pp. 1–11.

There is no seminar in Week One. Seminars begin in Week Three and occur fortnightly thereafter

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WEEK TWO (week beginning 30th January 2017)

Background reading: John Grimes, Sushil Mittal, and Gene Thursby. 2006. ‘Hindu Dharma’, in Sushil Mittal and Gene Thursby, eds. Religions of South Asia : an introduction . London and New York: Routledge. Please read pages 15–23, 27–34, 47–48 and 57–61.

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WEEK THREE (week beginning 6th February 2017)

Background reading: John Grimes, Sushil Mittal, and Gene Thursby. 2006. ‘Hindu Dharma’, in Sushil Mittal and Gene Thursby, eds. Religions of South Asia : an introduction . London and New York: Routledge. Please read pages 74–84.

Seminar reading: Ian S. Markham. 2009. ‘Hinduism’, in Ian S. Markham and Christy Lohr, eds. A World Religions Reader , 3rd edition. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell. Please read the passage headed ‘Devotion in Hinduism’ and the excerpts from the Bhagavad Gītā on pages 38–50 (available in the Online Course Readings Folder in the VLE).

For seminar preparation instructions, please see the Module Handbook.

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WEEK FOUR (week beginning 13th February 2017)

Background reading: Anne Vallely. 2006. ‘Jaina Dharma’, in Sushil Mittal and Gene Thursby, eds. Religions of South Asia : an introduction . London and New York: Routledge, pp. 87–101.

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WEEK FIVE (week beginning 20th February 2017)

Background reading: L. M. Singhvi. 1990. The Jain Declaration on Nature . London: Office of Jaina High Commissioner for India. Available online at: http://www.jainworld.com/jainbooks/Books/Jaindecl.htm (This declaration was presented to Prince Philip, President of the World Wide Fund for Nature, in 1990 in order to gain Jainism’s official inclusion in the Network on Conservation and Religion.)

Seminar reading: Paul Dundas. 2002. ‘The Limits of a Jain Environmental Ethic’, in Christopher Key Chapple, ed. Jainism and ecology : nonviolence in the web of life . Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, pp. 95–117. It is not essential to read the endnotes, which extend from pp. 112–117.

For seminar preparation instructions, please see the Module Handbook. 

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WEEK SIX (week beginning 27th February 2017)

Background reading: Tessa Bartholomeusz. 2006. ‘Bauddha Dharma’, in Sushil Mittal and Gene Thursby, eds. Religions of South Asia : an introduction . London and New York: Routledge, pp. 103–128.

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WEEK SEVEN (week beginning 6th March 2017)

Background reading: Same as for Week Six.

Seminar reading and preparation: For this week's seminar readings and preparation instructions, please see the Module Handbook.

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WEEK EIGHT (week beginning 13th March 2017)

Background reading: Pashaura Singh. 2006. ‘Sikh Dharam’, in Sushil Mittal and Gene Thursby, eds. Religions of South Asia : an introduction . London and New York: Routledge, pp. 131–135 (up to ‘Evolution of the Panth’).

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WEEK NINE (week beginning 20th March 2017)

Background reading: Pashaura Singh. 2006. ‘Sikh Dharam’, in Sushil Mittal and Gene Thursby, eds. Religions of South Asia : an introduction . London and New York: Routledge. Please read the following sections: ‘Evolution of the Panth’, p. 136; ‘Sacred life and literature’, pp. 138–140; ‘Institutions and practices’, pp. 141–145.

Seminar reading: Pashaura Singh. 2006. ‘Sikh Dharam’, in Sushil Mittal and Gene Thursby, eds. Religions of South Asia : an introduction . London and New York: Routledge, pp. 137–138 (the section headed ‘Worldview’).

For seminar preparation instructions, please see the Module Handbook. 

 

Easter Break

 

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WEEK TEN (week beginning 24th April 2017)

Background reading: Carl Olson. 2006. ‘Contested Categories and Issues in Interpretation’, in Sushil Mittal and Gene Thursby, eds. Religions of South Asia : an introduction . London and New York: Routledge, pp. 263–286. You are required to read only up to p. 273, but you are of course welcome to read the whole chapter if you wish to.

 

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WEEK ELEVEN (week beginning 1st May 2017)

No lecture

Seminar preparation: Bring along questions and comments regarding the module as a whole. 

 

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Resources and Reading List

 

The main module reading materials are those cited in the week-by-week outline above. Below are some further reading suggestions to aid your further study and exam preparation. Please do not feel that you must restrict yourself to these suggestions: you are encouraged to make use of other relevant sources available in the University Library.

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General

Clothey, Fred W. 2006. Religion in India : a historical introduction . Abingdon and New York: Routledge.

Hirst, Jacqueline Suthren, and John Zavos. 2011. Religious traditions in modern South Asia . London: Routledge.

 

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Buddhism

Harvey, Peter. 2000. An introduction to Buddhist ethics : foundations, values and issues . Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Harvey, Peter. 2013. An Introduction to Buddhism: Teachings, History and Practices , 2nd edn. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Keown, Damien. 2000. Buddhism : a very short introduction . Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Keown, Damien. 2005. Buddhist ethics : a very short introduction . Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Lopez, Donald S., ed. 2007. Buddhism in Practice , abridged edn. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.

Williams, Paul. 2009. Mahāyāna Buddhism : the doctrinal foundations , 2nd edn. Abingdon: Routledge, esp. chapter 9.

 

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Hinduism

Brockington, J. L. 1981. The sacred thread : Hinduism in its continuity and diversity . Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

Cush, Denise, Catherine Robinson, and Michael York, eds. 2008. Encyclopedia of Hinduism . London: Routledge.

Flood, Gavin. 1996. An Introduction to Hinduism . Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Johnson, W. J., trans. 1994. The Bhagavad Gita . Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Knott, Kim. 1998. Hinduism: A Very Short Introduction . Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Lipner, Julius. 1994. Hindus : their religious beliefs and practices . London: Routledge.

Minor, Robert N. 1982. Bhagavad-Gītā : an exegetical commentary . New Delhi: Heritage.

Minor, Robert N., ed. 1986. Modern Indian interpreters of the Bhagavadgita . Albany, NY: State University of New York Press

Mittal, Sushil, and Gene Thursby, eds. 2004. The Hindu world . London: Routledge.

Rodrigues, Hillary P. 2006. Introducing Hinduism . London: Routledge.

 

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Jainism

Carrithers, Michael, and Caroline Humphrey, eds. 1991. The assembly of listeners : Jains in society . Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Chapple, Christopher Key. 2001. ‘The Living Cosmos of Jainism: A Traditional Science Grounded in Environmental Ethics’, Daedalus. , Vol. 130, No. 4, pp. 207–224.

Chapple, Christopher Key, ed. 2002. Jainism and ecology : nonviolence in the web of life . Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

Cort, John E. 2001. Jains in the world : religious values and ideology in India . New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Jain, Andrea R., and Jeffrey J. Kripal. 2009. ‘Quietism and Karma: Non-Action as Non-Ethics in Jain Asceticism’, Common Knowledge , Vol. 15, No. 2, pp. 197–207.

Long, Jeffery D. 2009. Jainism : an introduction . London and New York: I.B. Tauris.

Long, Jeffery. 2011. ‘Jainism: Key Themes’, Religion Compass , Vol. 5, No. 9, pp. 501–510.

 

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Sikhism

Cole, W. Owen. 1984. Sikhism and its Indian context 1467-1708 : the attitude of Guru Nanak and early Sikhism to Indian religious beliefs and practices . London: Darton, Longman & Todd.

Cole, W. Owen. 2004. Understanding sikhism . Edinburgh: Dunedin Academic Press.

Mandair, Arvind-Pal Singh. 2013. Sikhism : A Guide for the Perplexed . New York: Bloomsbury Academic.

Nesbitt, Eleanor. 2005. Sikhism : a very short introduction . Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Shackle, Christopher, and Arvind-pal Singh Mandair, eds. 2005. Teachings of the Sikh Gurus : selections from the Sikh scriptures . London and New York: Routledge.

This list was last updated on 12/01/2017