APY265 Peoples of SEA Outline Sp 11MLA

APY265 Peoples of SEA Outline Sp 11MLA - PEOPLES OF...

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PEOPLES OF SOUTHEAST ASIA: Spirituality in the Region Anth. 265 Sp 2011 Profs. Banks and Kumek Course Description – This course will discuss the spiritual side of Islam in the Southeast Asian region. Islam has its largest number of followers in this area and the styles and content of worship differ substantially from Islam in the Middle East and South Asia. This will give us a chance to familiarize ourselves with the usual ritual practices of Muslim men and women in Borneo and Malaysia as well as Indonesia. We will consider how it moves beyond the usual rituals to special mystical forms called Sufism, the heart of Islam. We will also consider how Islam affects relations between the sexes. Readings include some classic Sufi works that will help us to understand the unique religious perspectives of Southeast Asians. First, we will read an anthropological monograph about the spiritual and worldly concerns of women Muslims in the Kuala Lumpur area. The course should be of special interest to students of yoga and Buddhism. Course Requirements: There will be a midterm project and a late semester project. These will involve writing or fieldwork. Class participation will constitute about 5% of the grade. Students will submit short book reports from the list below. Book reports should be under five pages and tell what the book tried to do and your reactions and criticisms. Keep copies of materials submitted to the instructors. Accidents, though rare, do happen. Submit hard copies of midterm and final projects. This makes reading them much easier. No e-mail messages to either instructor. Come to office hours. Advisory: As with any course that deals with culture and its religious, intellectual and moral traditions, there is no absolute truth in these areas, nor is it possible to present materials completely without bias. Each of us will approach the materials from a different perspective as we learn and grow. The instructors will not assume that you have any knowledge of these conceptions. We will discuss areas that may include sexuality and affection in the context of culture. If you have problems with discussions of other traditions in their public and private aspects, please take another course. Office Hours: M and W, 11:00 to 12:00 By appointment
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2 Textbooks: 1. Frisk, Sylva Submitting to God: Women and Islam in Urban Malaysia, Seattle: U of Washington Press,. 2009. This short monograph is by a woman who actually went to mosques and participated. 2. Rumi, Jalal al-Din The Masnavi, Mojadeddi, trans. Book 1. New York: Oxford University Press, 2008 A collection of mystical tales. Rumi founded the Mevlevi Sufi order in Turkey and his tomb is found in Konya where he is revered as a saint. Muslims from all regions know about him and share his books. Nadia, Sister
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