RELI 183: Asian Religions

An introduction to major religions of South Asia and East Asia, such as Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, and Shintoism.

Required Texts:

  • Fuller. The Camphor Flame: Popular Hinduism and Society in India, 2004. ISBN 978-0691120485
  • Lopez, ed. Asian Religions in Practice, 1999. ISBN 978-0691005133
  • Fieser & Powers. Scriptures of the East, 2003 (2nd ed). ISBN 978-0072865233
  • Metcalf. Islam in South Asia in Practice, 2009. ISBN 978-0691044200
  • Singh Man, Numrich, and Williams. Buddhists, Hindus, and Sikhs in America: A Short History, 2007. ISBN 978-0195333114

Optional Text:

You will be assigned some required reading assignments from the following textbook. It is available as a free e-book from UNC Libraries, and information about how to access it is included in the course. It is available as an optional text from UNC Student Stores if you would prefer to have a hard copy:

  • Keown. Buddhism: A Very Short Introduction, 1996. ISBN 978-0192853868

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