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Introduction to World Religions

This course seeks essentially to give students an experience of religion in Southeast Asia. Emphasising the heterogeneity of religion in Asia, it will present an overview, while concentrating on Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism. There will be an examination of the various cosmologies, gods and goddesses, and important concepts dharma, bhakti, samnyasa as well as the caste system. Students will engage critically with the scriptures, notably the Vedas, the Upanishads and the Bhagavad Gita. The course will deal with the question of Hindu identity and the more recent politicisation of Hinduism in the Hindutva movement. The use of iconography is an important element of the course as it will help to give students an understanding of the wider cultural world of Asian religions.

Name of lecturer

Professor Patrick Claffey

How to apply

Applications can be made in person on Thursday 15th December 2016, 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. in the Department of Religions and Theology, Room 5010, Level 5 of the Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin, Dublin 2 or by post before 20th December 2016.


EUR 150 for the course. For security reasons payment should be by cheque/draft/postal money order only, made payable to Trinity College Dublin no. 1 account. A concession rate is available to second and third level students, unemployed persons and those in receipt of a social welfare pension.


Teaching commences during the week beginning 16th January 2017. Please note this is a day-time course.


The course runs for a total of twelve weeks, with no lectures in week 7.

Further information

Contact: Jane Welch, Executive Officer, Department of Religions and Theology, Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin, Dublin 2. Phone: 01 896 1297, email: