Login via Institution. Coward and Ronald W. Editors: Pashaura Singh and Michael Hawley. Moving away from canonical texts, established authorities, and received historiography, the essays in this volume draw from a range of methodological perspectives including philosophy, history, hermeneutics, migration and diaspora studies, ethnography, performance studies, lived religion approaches, and aesthetics. Reflecting a balance of theory and substantive content, the papers in this volume call into question key critical terms, challenge established frames of reference, and offer innovative and alternative interpretations of South Asian ways of knowing and being.
Re-imagining South Asian Religions
South Asian Religions | Committee on the Study of Religion
While these three main traditions broadly define three primary streams of study within WSAR, the cross-fertilization of ideas and practices across traditions and throughout West and South Asia remains a core interest of the faculty and students. All students are required to have a secondary area of expertise, most frequently one of the three religious traditions within WSAR but occasionally another religious tradition e. The result is a diverse intellectual community that engages in conversations touching on a wide range of cultural, historical and theoretical issues. These conversations are pursued through the regularly scheduled WSAR colloquium, at which faculty and advanced graduate students present their research. Methodologically, the faculty in WSAR offer preparation in a wide range of approaches to the study of religion, including ethnography, historiography, gender studies, philosophical studies, performance theory, philology, cultural studies, literary studies, legal studies, hermeneutics, cognitive science, and contemplative practices. Most students will specialize in one of these approaches, usually incorporating elements of one or more of the others. Seminars in these methodologies are offered regularly as part of the general preparation.
Religion in Asia
The realm of India and its surrounding countries is the native land for more than a few ancient religions. There are people in the realm who continue to adhere to animist beliefs who are not followers of any of the main world religions. The oldest world religions of India are Hinduism and Buddhism. India is at times labeled a Hindu state, but the accuracy of the label is dubious.
Like all forms of culture , Asian religions may be considered geographically in terms of both their places of origin and their distribution. Hinduism , with a polytheistic and ritual tradition comprising numerous cults and sects, is the oldest of several religions that originated in South Asia. It remains a unifying force of Indian culture and the social caste system—which Hindu tradition sees as a reflection of the relative spiritual purity of reincarnated souls.