2017-2018 Undergraduate Academic Catalogue 
    
    Mar 02, 2021  
2017-2018 Undergraduate Academic Catalogue [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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PS 355 - Religion and the State in Asia

(3.00 cr.)

Students grapple with the contentious relationship between religion and politics, analyzing ways that states have made use of, attempted to keep apart from, and tried to exterminate religious beliefs among their populations. Three sociological approaches to religion are studied and applied to cases of religion-state interaction. By tracing the religious and political histories of Japan, India, and China, students grasp the commonalities between religious and nationalist mobilization; identify beliefs and organization of three religions practiced in Asia (Shinto, Hinduism, and Christianity); and analyze the points of conflict that emerge as a consequence of different religion-state arrangements. GT



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