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Afsar Mohammad mamoha Senior Lecturer, Foreign Language School of Arts and Sciences South Asia Studies
SOUTH ASIA STUDIES
171
Fall 2019 (Deactivations ONLY)
Fall 2019
Devotion's New Market
This graduate and undergraduate level course introduces students to the new forms of devotion as circulated in various urban centers in South Asia with a focus on growing market economy and urbanization. This course will particularly discuss case studies of how different modes of Hinduism, Islam, Christianity and other minor religions operate in an urbanized middle-class and educated communities. We will read theoretical and ethnographical works of contemporary research in religious studies and anthropology that deal with the questions of modernity, reformism and economic developmentalism. Throughout the semester, we focus on 1) how does religious forms such as sainthood practices, private and public rituals, narrative modes and everyday life evolve in the background of growing politics of development; 2) we discuss the tensions between classical notions of devotion and their new transformations in the city life, and finally 3) theoretically, we analyze concepts such as reformism, fundamentalism, recent discourses on identity politics and gender implications as connected to urban religious life.
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Foundational Approach

Course not offered every year
Cross Cultural Analysis
 
Mahboob Afsar Mohammad
Full Time Lecturer
Full Time Lecturer
This graduate and undergraduate level course introduces students to the new forms of devotion as circulated in various urban centers in South Asia with a focus on growing market economy and urbanization. This course will particularly discuss case studies of how different modes of Hinduism, Islam, Christianity and other minor religions operate in an urbanized middle-class and educated communities. We will read theoretical and ethnographical works of contemporary research in religious studies and anthropology that deal with the questions of modernity, reformism and economic developmentalism. Throughout the semester, we focus on 1) how does religious forms such as sainthood practices, private and public rituals, narrative modes and everyday life evolve in the background of growing politics of development; 2) we discuss the tensions between classical notions of devotion and their new transformations in the city life, and finally 3) theoretically, we analyze concepts such as reformism, fundamentalism, recent discourses on identity politics and gender implications as connected to urban religious life.
Throughout the semester, we focus on 1) how does religious forms such as sainthood practices, private and public rituals, narrative modes and everyday life evolve in the background of growing politics of development; 2) we discuss the tensions between classical notions of devotion and their new transformations in the city life, and finally 3) theoretically, we analyze concepts such as reformism, fundamentalism, recent discourses on identity politics and gender implications as connected to urban religious life.

Methods of Assessment

two papers: 1. Analysis short paper
2. Final Research paper

Weekly reading responses
 
one class presentation
Field tour to Philadelphia Art Museum

Cross Cultural Analysis

 
Focusing on multiple religions, this course discusses the social values, institutions, cultural and religious patterns. Diversity remains the key concept of the entire course, and we study how these diverse religious systems work together to create a cross cultural system.
 
Since religion is one of the central ideas in the course, we focus on social behavior and institutions as they relate to religions. Different cultures of Hinduism, Islam, Christianity and various minor religions too will be discussed.
 
Specifically this course is designed to discuss various religious transformations in the urban settings and we read the materials related to urbanism and the making of public/private aspects of religious expressions.
 
1. We study selected segments of foundational texts of various religions
2. We discuss how art, literature and material cultures play into these new discourses
3. We analyse various social instititutions as they're related and relevant to the making of these urban religions.

Cultural Diversity in the US

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Quantitative Data Analysis

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Formal Reasoning

 
 
 
 
 
 

Administrative Fields

 
 
 
 
 
Key: 860