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Ori Tavor oritavor Senior Lecturer School of Arts and Sciences East Asian Languages and Civilizations
Spring 2020 (Deactivations ONLY)
Fall 2019
Topic E. Asian Religion
This course examines the relationship between religious institutions and the state in East Asia. Focusing on China and Japan, we will learn about the impact of religious ideas, practices, and organizations on social, political and economic processes and inspect the role of religion in the consolidation of individual, communal, and national identity. Adopting a comparative and transnational approach, we will examine the impact of Asian religious traditions: Confucianism, Daoism, Buddhism, and Shinto, as well as global religions such as Islam and Christianity, on the states and their role in shaping power relations on the international level.
RELS 270 - Topics in East Asian Religions

Foundational Approach

Cross Cultural Analysis
Ori Tavor
Standing Faculty
Standing Faculty
This course is a continuation of EALC008 (East Asian Religions), which is taught in the fall. 008 focuses on the pre-modern period while 038 begins in the 19th century and ends in the present day.
Help students acquire a comprehensive understanding on the relationship between religion, politics, and social concerns in modern East Asia; examine the impact of Western notions of religion, secularism, and modernity on non-Western states and societies.

Methods of Assessment

Mid-term assignment (~1500) words
Take-home exam (3000 words)
Weekly response papers (~400 words each)

Cross Cultural Analysis

Through an analysis of primary sources (literary, journalistic, official), studied against the backdrop of key philosophical and cultural frameworks (Confucianism/Buddhism/scientism/secularism)
Students will be assigned a variety of primary sources by authors, philosophers, public intellectuals, and government organizations in order to get a complete and comprehensive picture of the intricate fluctuating relationship between religion, state, and society
While the course focuses on religion, it will hopefully allow students to learn about East Asian social values, political and non-governmental organizations; and cultural trends.
Through the weekly assignments and in-class discussion, students will develop the sensitivity needed to better understand the workings of religion, state, and society in China and Japan, against the backdrop of key ideas such as globalization, modernization, nationalism, etc.

Cultural Diversity in the US


Quantitative Data Analysis


Formal Reasoning


Administrative Fields

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