Religion in

REL 483.001
Religion in Colonial India

Dr. Michael Altman

Office: 205 Manly Hall
Office Phone: (205) 348-7223
Course: TR 2:00-3:15
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.




This seminar explores the ways Britons and South Asians imagined, debated, conspired, and coerced one another in the construction of “religion” during the colonial period of South Asian history.


Fall 2015 (PDF)

Books (required)

Dirks, Nicholas B. Castes of Mind: Colonialism and the Making of Modern India. Princeton, N.J: Princeton University Press, 2001.

Pennington, Brian. Was Hinduism Invented?: Britons, Indians, and the Colonial Construction of Religion. New York: Oxford University Press, 2005.


Click the link here to be directed to a UA Box folder that contains additional readings for this class.