NS4664 Religious Activism in South Asian Politics

The events of September 11 have underscored the importance of religious activism in South Asian politics. These movements have impacted regional politics and international security and are likely to continue to do so in the years to come. This course aims to provide students with an in-depth understanding of the role of religion in South Asian politics by familiarizing them with the historical context for religion's involvement in South Asian politics, introducing the important actors, key ideas, and major events. The course will deal with both Islamic and Hindu religious movements in the Afghanistan-Pakistan-India arc. This will provide a comprehensive approach to the topic and will provide students with a comparative framework to analyze relevant issues. This course will use important works in the disciplines to provide a historical frame work for the study of religion and politics in South Asia. Prerequisites: None.

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