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Sanskrit Reading Course 2

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This course presupposes an ability to understand Sanskrit grammar and to read the devanāgarī script with speed and accuracy. Whilst Sanskrit Reading 1 is strongly recommended prior to undertaking this course, it is not a prerequisite. For those who have not studied Sanskrit up to and including the Intermediate/Reading 1 level at SOAS Language Centre, it is necessary to contact the Language Centre at least two weeks before the start of the course in order to request an assessment for entry to this course.

Sanskrit Reading 2 aims to broaden an understanding of literary texts and further develop the ability for in-depth analysis and critical appreciation of key texts. These are studied within their historical and literary contexts.

Students will be asked to undertake translation of extracts from original Sanskrit texts and to discuss their various literary aspects in class. Students will also be expected to give presentations on the issues arising from the texts studied in class.


For applicants who are not currently students of Sanskrit through the Language Centre, entry to the course is by assessment only. Applicants must contact the Language Centre to arrange for an assessment at least two weeks before the start of the course.

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For the full list of short evening courses in Sanskrit and for the information on Sanskrit teaching and learning at SOAS Language Centre please visit the Sanskrit Language Homepage.

Mode of Attendance: Part-time

Entry requirements

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3 terms, 10 weeks per term, 2 hours per week. Each term classes are subject to quorum requirements.


Important notice

The information on the programme page reflects the intended programme structure against the given academic session. If you are a current student you can find structure information on the previous year link at the top of the page or through your Department. Please read the important notice regarding changes to programmes and modules.



The chosen texts may vary from year to year. An in-house produced booklet of materials with all the texts and exercises needed for this course (all terms) will be provided for students for a small extra charge. Students will be advised of this once the class is confirmed.

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