[F&ES 792Eb/REL 928H] / 2017-2018

South Asian Religions and Ecology

Credits: 2

Spring 2018: Time and location TBA

This six-week hybrid course introduces the South Asian religious traditions of Hinduism and Buddhism and, briefly, Jainism, in relation to the emerging field of religion and ecology. This overview course identifies developments in the traditions that highlight their ecological implications in the contemporary period. In particular, it relates religious concepts, textual analysis, ritual activities, and institutional formations to engaged, on-the-ground environmental projects. It investigates the symbolic and lived expressions in religious ethics and practices that can be defined as religious ecologies. Similarly, it identifies narratives in Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism that orient humans to the cosmos, namely, religious cosmologies. This interrelationship of narratives and religious environmentalism provides pathways into the study of religion and ecology. This is an online hybrid course; no shopping period.