Subject: Religious Studies
Credit units: 3
Offered: Either Term 1 or Term 2
Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours
College: Arts and Science
Department: Arts and Science Dean's Office


Starts with a social-historical introduction to the South, South-East, and East Asia. The second part continues exploring the meaning of 'feminine' in the main Asian religions, including Hinduism, Jainism, Sikhism, Islam, Buddhism, Confucianism, Daoism, Shinto and Shamanism. The course analyzes the past and present roles of women in those traditions, as well as women's contributions to the development of religious institutions and rituals in Asia. The final part of the course focuses on reasons and modalities of the recent interest of Western women in Asian religions, and on the other hand on how Asian women practiced and propagated their native religions in the West.

Prerequisite(s): 3 credit units RLST or WGST or 18 credit units at the university level.

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