Hinduism - Day #6

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Today is kind of a funny day. Since we had a significant number of absences, we'll use the beginning half of class to both discuss some of the articles and to review materials that people may have missed or be confused about.

Later in the block, we take the Hinduism Multiple Choice Quiz. It will be 25 questions. (Remember, you can bring in a sheet with up to 75 words of notes.)

These are the articles from the Hinduism packet for Day #6:

  • "India's Past Becomes a Weapon," The New York Times, March 6, 2002
  • "Instability in India," The New York Times, March 7, 2002
  • "Hijacking India's History," The New York Times, December 30, 2002
  • "India's Big Dig:  Will It Settle or Inflame a Controversy?" The New York Times, April 3, 2003


This next section is simply reprinted from the previous class since a number of you left before we got here. I'll help with review here or on anything else until 2:30. At that point, we'll do the multiple choice quiz. 

These were the articles from the Hinduism packet for Day #5:

  • "Best Revolution; The Peacemaker," The New York Times, April 18, 1999
  • "The Other Face of Fanaticism," The New York Times, February 2, 2003
  • "All in the Family," The New York Times, August 26, 2007
  • "India's Internal Partition," The New York Times, August 15, 2007


Hinduism in Today's World:

Defining terms: Mahatma Gandhi, harijan, Pakistan, Jawaharlah Nehru, Indira Gandhi, sati

India and Pakistan - Many analysts believe that this is one of the world's hot spots. Riz Khan of CNN moderates a slide show here that you might find interesting. Otherwise, take a look at the respective timelines and other links.

Mohandas Gandhi- "Mahatma"

Sati- ancient tradition of immolation of the widow upon her husband's funeral pyre. NOTE: This is not an exclusively Hindu practice. It might be more accurate to think of it through its association with rural India, rather than solely as a religious phenomenon.

Sati: Virtuous Woman Through Self-Sacrifice looks at the controversy surrounding this practice. In particular, consider the case study of Roop Kanwar. DO THIS: Try to understand both sides of the debate over the practice of sati. Be prepared to comment upon the role this ritual played, or may continue to play, in segments of Hindu society.


HOMEWORK for Buddhism - Day #1

Your Hinduism Short Essay Exams are due by the start of class on Monday, October 6th. You can find the questions on the page to the right side of the blog.

You should start reading the Buddhism chapter in Huston Smith's The World's Religions. According to the reading schedule, you should try to read pp. 82 - 112 for Thursday's class.

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