Religion in

REL 321.001
Religion & Identity in South Asia

Images of Jhule Lal and Guru Nanak in a shrine, Lucknow India.

Dr. Steven Ramey

Office: 202 Manly Hall
Office Hours:
T 2-3:00 pm
R 10:30-12:00 am
Office Phone: 348-4218
Course: T 3:30-5:50
Location: MA 210

About Online Readings

Some of the course's online readings are placed in a "secure" folder; you can only access these PDF files (Portable Document Format, that can be opened with the free Adobe Reader) by clicking each link and then entering the username/password given to you in class.

If you have difficulty accessing these readings, contact the instructor by email.



In this course we will critically analyze the various ways people identify themselves and draw boundaries to separate groups from each other, using a series of case studies focusing on South Asia. While these divisions involve many elements, such as nationality, linguistic identity, gender, and class, aspects of human experience commonly identified as religious frequently intersect with these divisions. Throughout the course, we will develop various theoretical reflections on issues of identity and contested boundaries based on these case studies.


Spring 2017 (PDF)

Spring 2017 Reading Schedule (PDF)

Books (required)

Pandey, Gyanendra
Routine Violence: Nations, Fragment, Histories
Stanford University Press, 2005
ISBN: 0804752648

Nesbitt, Eleanor
Sikhism: A Very Short Introduction
Oxford University Press, 2005
ISBN: 0192806017