ERIC Number: EJ853480
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Jul
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Teaching Liberal Arts Undergraduates about Hinduism Amid Theoretical and Political Contestation Today
Fort, Andrew O.
Teaching Theology & Religion, v9 n3 p156-164 Jul 2006
As the number of people of South Asian heritage in America has greatly increased over recent decades, the study and teaching of Hinduism has come under ever greater scrutiny. During this time, the number of students of Indian background has vastly increased in some schools in some parts of the United States. This increased presence and scrutiny has had some salutary effects, including greater attention to and accountability in our field, but has also led to some unwelcome conflict and feelings of misrepresentation by both academics and adherents. Some of us are in the perplexing position of being keenly aware of and in conversation about tensions elsewhere, yet still having few (or no) Hindu students in our own classrooms. This essay will discuss two matters given this background: first, I will describe how I present Hindu religious traditions in my local context, and then I will offer some more general reflections on teaching and researching Hinduism in the United States today.
Descriptors: Religion, Liberal Arts, Undergraduate Students, Religious Education, Religious Cultural Groups, Asian Americans, Indians, Teaching Methods, Reflection, Research, Student Characteristics
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Education Level: Higher Education
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