Textual Sources of Classical Hinduism
- Course Code:
- Course Not Running 2016/2017
- Unit value:
- Year of study:
- Year 2 or Year 3
- Taught in:
- Full Year
Objectives and learning outcomes of the course
By the end of the course students can be expected to:
- be familiar with the historical context of Ancient and Medieval India sufficient to contextualize textual canons;
- have an overview of the textual genres relevant to the development and practice of Hinduism to about the 4th Century CE.
- think critically about texts and provide written analysis of them.
- work comfortably with scholarly secondary sources.
- understand major themes in the study of the interaction between textual traditions and religious institutions and practice.
Method of assessment
2 Essays, of 5,000 words (each essay is worth 50% of the final mark)
- Edgerton, F. (1965). The beginnings of Indian Philosophy.Selections from the Rig Veda, Atharva Veda, UpaniÒads, and Mahabharata.
- Olivelle, Patrick (1996) The Upanisads.
- Buitenen, J. A. B. van (1981). The Bhagavadgita in the Mahabharata. Text and Translation.
- Bryant, Edwin (tr.) (2003) Krishna: The Beautiful Legend of God (Śrimad Bhāgavata Purāsha Book X). London: Penguin Classics.
- Flood, Gavin (ed.) (2003) The Blackwell Companion to Hinduism. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing.
- Johnson, Will (tr.) (2004) The Bhagavad Gītā. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
- Mittal, Sushil & Thursby, Gene (eds) (2004) The Hindu World. London: Routledge.
- O’Flaherty, Wendy (tr.) (1981) The Rig Veda An Anthology: One Hundred and Eight Hymns. London: Penguin.
- Olivelle, Patrick (tr.) (1998) The Early Upanishads: Annotated Text and Translation. New York: Oxford University Press.
- -- (ed. and tr.) (2004) The Law Code of Manu. New York: Oxford University Press.
- Roebuck, Valerie (tr.) (2004) The Upanishads. Harmondsworth: Penguin.