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SAS4210 – Religion and Politics in South Asia

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Course content

This course is about changes in religious identities in South Asia from the early 1800's as a consequence of interactions with the concepts and institutions of the Western world, and it is about the political consequences of these changes.

The most important cases will be taken from Hindu India, but one will also look at cases from Islam and Sikhism as well as Buddhism in Sri Lanka.

The most recent discussions will relate to the last Indian elections and the place of religion in Indian politics today.

Learning outcome

Students will learn how to approach complex topics related to the interaction of concepts and institutions, religious identity and politics on local and national levels in a South Asian context.

It will be ideal for students planning to write their master thesis about South Asian religion and/or politics.


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Recommended previous knowledge

Good knowledge of English and basic knowledge of South Asian history and politics.


The teaching is based on a combination of 5 lectures and seminars. Compulsory assignments: A first draft of the semester assignment and comments on two other students’ semester assignments is to be submitted halfway through the semester.

Deadlines will be published in the detailed teaching plan.

Guidelines for obligatory qualifying essays.

Access to teaching

A student who has completed compulsory instruction and coursework and has had these approved, is not entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework. A student who has been admitted to a course, but who has not completed compulsory instruction and coursework or had these approved, is entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework, depending on available capacity.


At the end of the semester the student shall present a course essay (5-7 pages, 2300 characters per page).

Course grades are awarded on a descending scale using alphabetic grades from A to E for passes and F for fail.

Use of sources and citation

You should familiarize yourself with the rules that apply to the use of sources and citations. If you violate the rules, you may be suspected of cheating/attempted cheating.

Examination support material

No examination support material is allowed.

Language of examination


Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

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Facts about this course






Spring 2010


Spring 2010

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