SOAS University of London

South Asia Section, School of Languages, Cultures & Linguistics

Sanskrit Texts from the Hindu Tradition

Module Code:
Module Not Running 2020/2021
FHEQ Level:
Taught in:
Full Year
The main aim of the module is to make students with basic knowledge of Sanskrit acquainted with the with the original Sanskrit version of important texts of the classical Hindu tradition (selected from the Vedas, the epics and Puranas, and Dharmasastra texts), so that they should be able to critically access existing translations and to work independently with original texts. Its focus is the content and, where appropriate, the style of these texts, which are also discussed in the wider context of classical Indian traditions. Students will be expected to demonstrate their ability to work with Sanskrit texts by the completion of extended pieces of coursework, as well as in their final examination.


A good basic knowledge of Sanskrit will be required for students who wish to take this module.


Total of 20 weeks teaching with 2 hours classroom contact per week in seminars.

Method of assessment

One three-hour written examination taken in May/June (70%) and an essay of 2,500 to 3,000 words to be submitted on day 1, week 1, term 3 (30%).

Suggested reading

The reading list will be made available from the convenor at the beginning of the module.


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