REL 2020 - Religion in China

Compared to the relatively recent appearance of China as a nation state, its written history started over three millennia ago. Many different peoples have dwelled in the geographical area that today is called China, the ethno-political borders of which have long been fluid. These peoples have produced and preserved a rich repertoire of diverse ideas and practices that may be categorized as religious. This course traces the history of the major religious traditions, including Confucianism, Daoism, and Buddhism, that have developed in and adapted to China. The emphasis of the class is on the way that these traditions have been perceived and received in different historical contexts. By introducing how these traditions affected past people's lives, this class aims to lead students to a historically better-informed understanding of the religious aspect of people's life in contemporary China.

Credits: 4 hours

Notes: This course satisfies General Education Area IV: Other Cultures and Civilizations.

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