"This course will grant you an opportunity to begin exploring some of the religious traditions that originated in or are practiced in great number in Asia. More specifically, we will examine Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism, Confucianism and Daoism, as well as Islam as it is practiced in South Asia. The course will explore each tradition through a study of its more fundamental texts and its more popular ritual cultures. Throughout our explorations, we will decipher the “big questions” or issues inherent in each tradition, and consider how these may shape or challenge our own definitions of and thinking about religion. No prior knowledge of Asia or religion is necessary."