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Below is a list of courses that fulfill certificate requirements and reflect the breadth of disciplines that correspond with the study of South Asia. Not every course is offered every year; some may be one-time-only offerings. In addition, there may be courses not listed below which qualify toward the SAS certificate. Please consult with the program director or program manager.

Spring 2022

HIN 102 /URD 102 Elementary Hindi and Urdu II
Robert L. Phillips
M T W Th 12:30 pm – 1:20 pm

This course provides the second semester of training in Hindi and Urdu, allowing students to acquire linguistic skills in culturally authentic contexts. Equal emphasis is placed on both Hindi and Urdu, including writing systems, vocabulary, and culture. Course will focus on using language for communication. Students will be able to read and write both Hindi and Urdu scripts, communicate in social situations, and narrate in all three time frames: past, present and future. Classes are interactive.
 
HIN 107 Intermediate Hindi II
Robert L. Phillips
M T W Th 10:00 am – 10:50 am

This is a continuing proficiency-based course which refines and expands previously acquired linguistic skills in culturally authentic contexts. Focus is on expanding vocabulary, mastering more complex grammatical structures, and acquiring idiomatic expressions. Use of authentic Hindi materials from print and electronic media, literature, and films. Classroom activities are interactive and collaborative.
 
HIN 305 /URD 305 /COM 248 Topics in Hindi/Urdu: Postcolonial Literature (LA)
Fauzia Farooqui
T Th 11:00 am – 12:20 pm

In the more than seventy years since India and Pakistan became independent countries, a vast amount of literature has been produced in Hindi/Urdu. We will read selected literary materials including fiction, poetry, and essays while also focusing on historical and literary contexts. Materials will represent a range of genres, topics, and trends. Literary texts will be supplemented with additional materials including film and documentary selections, music, and author interviews, etc. Literary sessions and workshops will be organized in connection with the course.
 
SAN 102 Elementary Sanskrit II
Nataliya Yanchevskaya
M T W Th 12:30 pm – 1:20 pm

Continuing from SAN 101, this course provides a firm foundation in Classical Sanskrit grammar, syntax, and vocabulary. Students continue learning the rules for phonological change (sandhi), and other building blocks of Sanskrit grammar. Students will read Sanskrit texts of increasing difficulty, acquire the skill of recitation of Sanskrit poetry in several meters, and learn to compose small but cohesive narratives of medium difficulty in Sanskrit. By the end of the year, students will be ready to read independent texts in a variety of genres, using Sanskrit-English dictionaries and grammars. SAN 102 must be taken to receive credit for 101.
 
SAN 107 Intermediate Sanskrit II
Nataliya Yanchevskaya
T Th 1:30 pm – 2:50 pm

Strengthens Classical Sanskrit grammar and vocabulary and builds knowledge of South Asian religion and culture through reading selections from Sanskrit epics, narrative, pre-philosophical, didactic, and poetic texts. Together with SAN 105 this course provides students an introduction to the major genres of Sanskrit literature. Requires Sanskrit 105 or permission of the instructor.
 
SAN 304 /TRA 310 Advanced Philosophical Sanskrit (LA)
Nataliya Yanchevskaya
M W 1:30 pm – 2:50 pm

This course introduces philosophical and intellectual tradition of Classical India through readings selected from Sanskrit texts belonging to different branches of Indian thought. This is primarily a reading course. It covers a wide range of passages excerpted from major works of various schools of Indian philosophy and pre-philosophical reflections. Sanskrit texts are supplemented by a selection of secondary literature to help students situate the works in the intellectual and cultural context of pre-modern South Asia.
 
SAS 305 /GSS 431 /COM 364 Indian Women's Writing: Issues and Perspectives (LA)
Fauzia Farooqui
M W 11:00 am – 12:20 pm

This course will introduce students to the richness and diversity of women's writing in India; it will open many windows into regional Indian societies, cultures, and subcultures; and it will allow students to examine social issues and cultural values from women's perspectives. By studying women's writings from at least ten major Indian languages (in English translation), students will be able to identify differences and disagreements among different canons as well as some common features among them that justify the category of Indian women's writing.
 
SAS 328 /ASA 328 /COM 358 South Asian American Literature and Film (LA)
Sadaf Jaffer
W F 11:00 am – 12:20 pm

This course examines literature and film by South Asians in North America. Students will gain perspective on the experiences of immigration and diaspora through the themes of identity, memory, solidarity, and resistance. From early Sikh migration to the American West Coast, to Muslim identity in a post 9/11 world, how can South Asian American stories be read as symbolic of the American experience of gender, class, religion, and ethnicity more broadly? Students will hone their skills in reading primary materials, analyzing them within context, writing persuasively, and speaking clearly.

SAS 355 /ANT 395 /ENV 381 /URB 355 Coastal Justice: Ecologies, Societies, Infrastructures in South Asia (CD or HA)
Chandana Anusha
T 1:30 pm – 4:20 pm

This seminar will consider the modern South Asian coastline to understand the past, present, future of coasts in an era of climate change. Historical maritime trade routes, massive development projects, and rising influence of environmental change all shape the South Asian coast as a new frontier of resource control. Students will explore the cultural political desires and discontents that become entangled in coastlines, search for alternative imaginations of life that people mark out on the coastline. In doing so, we move towards an environmental justice perspective of the South Asian coastline.
 
URD 107 Intermediate Urdu II
Fauzia Farooqui
M T W Th 12:30 pm – 1:20 pm

This is a continuing proficiency-based course which refines and expands previously acquired linguistic skills in culturally authentic contexts. Focus is on expanding vocabulary, mastering more complex grammatical structures, and acquiring idiomatic expressions. Use of authentic Urdu materials from print and electronic media, literature, and films. Equal emphasis on all skills (speaking, listening, reading, and writing). Various aspects of the target language culture will be integrated with instruction. Activities will be conducted in Urdu and classes will be interactive.

 

Cross-listed with the Program in South Asian Studies:

HIS 341 /SAS 341 Making Minorities: Modern South Asian Histories (CD or HA)
Amanda M. Lanzillo
T Th 11:00 am – 12:20 pm

Who is a minority? In contemporary South Asia, "minority" often defined by religion, linguistic identity, caste, ethnicity, or other social markers. But the category of "minority" is not static. It has been constructed, remade, and enforced through both colonial and post-colonial legal and political projects. In this course, we study the ways that minorities have been defined in South Asia over the last two centuries. We historicize the fraught categorization of religious, linguistic, caste, and other minority groups, and we ask how minoritized people have attempted to avert or contest forms of majoritarian rule.
 
REL 281 /SAS 281 Buddhist Philosophy (EM)
Jonathan C. Gold
T Th 11:00 am – 11:50 am

An introduction to the Indian Buddhist philosophical tradition from the time of the Buddha until its decline (c. 400 B.C.E - 1200 C.E.). Topics include Buddhism's view of the world, the person, and the path to nirvana; equanimity, compassion and meditation as core elements in Buddhist ethics; early Buddhist metaphysics; the doctrine of "emptiness" and its various interpretations in the Great Vehicle schools; Buddhist epistemology and philosophy of language; and modern attempts to apply Buddhist philosophy to contemporary philosophical issues.
 
SPI 409 /SAS 409 /POL 457 Modern India: Political Economy Since Independence (SA)
Ashoka Mody
T Th 1:30 pm – 2:50 pm

India's post-independence journey is a lens to study fundamental questions of economic development and political economy. Despite attempts at big-push industrialization, followed by economic liberalization in the 1990's, the country struggled to create jobs and provide public goods at par with rapid population growth. Extreme economic inequality is now only one concern amidst environmental degradation, gender-based violence, and a Hindu-nationalist political agenda. When, and how, will India achieve sustainable development? The seminar will draw on scholarly works and Indian cinema for a well-rounded economic, social and political commentary.

 

Fall 2021

HIN 101 /URD 101 Elementary Hindi and Urdu I
Fauzia Farooqui
M T W Th 12:30 pm – 1:20 pm

This introductory proficiency-based course in Hindi and Urdu allows students to acquire linguistic skills in culturally authentic contexts. Students will learn to communicate in a variety of everyday situations. Hindi and Urdu share a basic grammar and core vocabulary but differ in terms of scripts and some cultural markers. There will be equal emphasis on both scripts and cultures; parallel written materials will be provided in both scripts. Students are expected to develop proficiency in one script of their choice, and are encouraged to learn both. Classes will be interactive.
 
HIN 105 Intermediate Hindi I
Robert L. Phillips
M T W Th 12:30 pm – 1:20 pm

This course continues training in reading, writing, speaking and listening. Students will learn to read and understand texts in Hindi on familiar topics, to speak confidently and effectively in a wide range of common situations, to write concise texts expressing their thoughts and views, and to acquire general familiarity with the cultural context in which Hindi is used. Students will engage in interactive and collaborative task-based activities in the classroom.
 
HIN 303 /URD 303 /COM 395 Topics in Hindi/Urdu: Literature and the Environment (LA)
Robert L. Phillips
T Th 11:00 am – 12:20 pm

We will explore representations of place and environment across a range of time periods, genres, and perspectives in Hindi and Urdu literature. Our sources will include short stories, poems, essays, and excerpts from novels, travelogues, and diaries. Questions and themes such as human-animal connections; urbanization, industrialization, and ecological degradation; and intersections of culture, timescale, affect and place, will be among some of the prevailing issues addressed. Students will engage in close critical reflection on issues and perspectives.
 
SAN 101 Elementary Sanskrit I
Nataliya Yanchevskaya
M T W Th 12:30 pm – 1:20 pm

An introduction to classical Sanskrit grammar and vocabulary, as well as Devanagari script, pronunciation, and phonological change (sandhi). Students will begin to read simple Sanskrit prose and verse.
 
SAN 105 Intermediate Sanskrit I
Nataliya Yanchevskaya
M W 1:30 pm – 2:50 pm

Strengthens classical Sanskrit grammar and vocabulary and builds knowledge of South Asian religion and culture through reading selections from Sanskrit Epics and Puranas. Requires SAN102 or permission from the instructor.
 
SAS 210 /LIN 213 Languages and Culture in South Asia (SA)
Robert L. Phillips
M W 11:00 am – 12:20 pm

This course will provide an introduction to the study of South Asian languages in relation to culture (and history, society and politics), addressing topics such as orality and writing systems, multilingualism and polyglossia, literary cultures, cosmopolitan and vernacular language politics, and their relationship to social identity in historical and contemporary perspective.
 
SAS 345 /REL 345 Islam in South Asia through Literature and Film (LA)
Sadaf Jaffer
T Th 3:00 pm – 4:20 pm

This course is a survey of Islam in the Indian subcontinent. We begin with the earliest Muslim descriptions of India and the rise of Persian poetry to understand how Muslims negotiated life at the frontiers of the Islamic world. Next we trace patterns of patronage and production at the Mughal court and the development of Urdu as a vehicle of literary composition including a discussion of the Progressive Writer's Movement and the "Muslim Social" genre of Hindi cinema. The course concludes with an examination of contemporary novels from Bangladesh and Pakistan. Students will gain an informed perspective on Islam beyond the headlines.
 
URD 105 Intermediate Urdu I
Fauzia Farooqui
M T W Th 10:00 am – 10:50 am

This course is a continuation of HIN-URD 102, concentrating on Urdu. Students beginning with intermediate proficiency in either Urdu or Hindi will be brought to an advanced level in Urdu in all four skills. The Urdu script will be introduced and an emphasis will be placed on strengthening literacy skills. After completing the course, students will be able to read or comprehend through listening, a variety of authentic Urdu texts and media materials. Various aspects of the target culture will be integrated with instruction. Activities will be conducted in Urdu and classes will be interactive.

 

Cross-listed with the Program in South Asian Studies:

ENV 377 /SAS 377 Sustainable Cities in the US and India: Technology & Policy Pathways (SA)
Anu Ramaswami
M W 8:30 am – 9:50 am

An interdisciplinary exploration of our quest for urban sustainability in different parts of the world. We will: 1) Explore the concept of sustainable cities, focusing on systems that provide food, energy, water, mobility, housing, waste management, and public spaces to more than half the world's people that live in urban areas today; 2) Compare and contrast cities in the US and India, understanding their diverse contexts and current baseline in terms of infrastructure, environment, economy, health, wellbeing and equity. 3) Explore pathways to a more sustainable future, including technology innovation, policy and social entrepreneurship.
 
HIS 454 /SAS 454 Afghanistan in World History: Between and Beyond Empires (CD or HA)
Amanda Lanzillo
T 1:30 pm – 4:20 pm

From the consolidation of European imperial control in South and Central Asia through the present day, Afghanistan has featured in the global imagination of empire. Imperial writers have termed it a "buffer state," "the graveyard of empires," and the land of the "great game". But how have Afghans experienced imperialism? We will trace the history of imperial engagement with Afghanistan alongside Afghan articulations of history, society, and culture. We ask how empires imagined Afghanistan and established regional authority. Equally, we study how Afghans responded to imperial geopolitical claims and developed their own historical narratives.

URB 378 /SAS 378 South Asian Migrations (SA)
Shoshana Goldstein
M W 11:00 am – 12:20pm

This interdisciplinary course explores the history, politics, and social dynamics of urban migration on the Indian subcontinent, home to and source of some of the largest migrations in human history. Through writing, discussion, and other activities, the class will also encounter broader concepts in the study of migration; its diversity, causes, challenges, as well as implications for social organization and city planning. Subtopics include the history of Asia's great migrations, partition and refugee resettlement, indentured and imported labor, gender politics, South Asian diasporas in the US, and the rural-urban divide in the global South.

 

Spring 2021

HIN 102 /URD 102 Elementary Hindi and Urdu II

HIN 107 Intermediate Hindi II

HIN 305 /URD 305 Topics in Hindi/Urdu: Postcolonial Literature

SAN 102 Elementary Sanskrit II

SAN 107 Intermediate Sanskrit II

SAS 305 /COM 364 /GSS 431 Indian Women’s Writing: Issues and Perspectives

SAS 328 /ASA 328 /COM 358 South Asian American Literature and Film

URD 107 Intermediate Urdu II

 

Cross-listed with the Program in South Asian Studies:

ANT 217 /SAS 217 Anthropology of Religion: Religion, Ethics, Social Life

ENV 305 /SAS 315 Topics in Environmental Studies: Co-existing with Complexity: Past, Present, and Future Possibilities for Environmental Governance in India

HIS 416 /SAS 416 Resistance and Reform: Islam and Colonialism in Modern South Asia

HIS 420 /SAS 420 Desi Girl, Mother India: Gender, Sexuality, and History in Hindi Cinema

SPI 409 /SAS 409 Modern India: Political Economy Since Independence

URB 378 /SAS 378 South Asian Migrations

 

Fall 2020

HIN 101/URD 101 Elementary Hindi and Urdu I

HIN 105 Intermediate Hindi I

HIN 304 /URD 304 /COM 378 /TRA 302 Topics in Hindi-Urdu: Art and Practice of Translation

SAN 101 Elementary Sanskrit I

SAN 105 Intermediate Sanskrit I

SAS 309 /REL 300 Hinduism: Visions and Ideas

SAS 335 /GSS 335 Gender and Performing Arts in South Asia

SAS 345 /REL 345 Islam in South Asia through Literature and Film​

URD 105 Intermediate Urdu I

 

Cross-listed with the Program in South Asian Studies:

ENV 377 /SAS 377 Sustainable Cities in the US and India: Technology, Policy & Entrepreneurship Pathways

HIS 436 /SAS 436 Working Class Lives on the Indian Subcontinent

 

Spring 2020

HIN 102 /URD 102 Elementary Hindi and Urdu II

HIN 107 Intermediate Urdu II

HIN 303 /URD 303 /COM 395 Topics in Hindi/Urdu: Literature and Cinema

SAN 102 Elementary Sanskrit II

SAN 107 Intermediate Sanskrit II

SAN 300 /TRA 300 Advanced Sanskrit: Vedic Language, Grammar, and Literature

SAS 210 /LIN 213 Languages and Culture in South Asia

SAS 328 /COM 352 /ASA 328 South Asian American Literature and Film

URD 107 Intermediate Urdu II

 

Cross-listed with the Program in South Asian Studies:

ARC 396 /SAS 396 Comparing the Urban in the Americas and South Asia

ENV 377 /SAS 377 Sustainable Cities in the US and India: Technology, Policy & Entrepreneurship Pathways

HIS 317 /SAS 317 The Making of Modern India and Pakistan

HIS 422 /SAS 422 Hindu, Muslim, Untouchable: Society and Politics in Pre-Modern South Asia, c. 1100-1800

REL 216 /SAS 216 Philosophical Debates between Buddhists and Jains

 

Fall 2019

HIN 101 /URD 101 Elementary Hindi and Urdu I

HIN 105 Intermediate Hindi I

HIN 305 /URD 305 Topics in Hindi/Urdu: Postcolonial Literature

SAN 101 Elementary Sanskrit I

SAN 105 Intermediate Sanskrit I

SAS 303 /GSS 412 Gender, Sexuality, and Feminisms in South Asia

SAS 345 /REL 345 Islam in South Asia through Literature and Film

URD 105 Intermediate Urdu I

Languages

Hindi

HIN 101/         Elementary Hindi and Urdu I
URD 101

HIN 102/         Elementary Hindi and Urdu II
URD 102

HIN 105          Intermediate Hindi I

HIN 107          Intermediate Hindi II

HIN 301/         Advanced Hindi-Urdu I
URD 301

HIN 302/         Advanced Hindi-Urdu II
URD 302

 

Sanskrit

SAN 101         Elementary Sanskrit I

SAN 102         Elementary Sanskrit II

SAN 105         Intermediate Sanskrit I

SAN 107         Intermediate Sanskrit II

SAN 300         Advanced Sanskrit: Vedic Language, Grammar, and Literature

SAN 304         Advanced Philosophical Sanskrit

 

Urdu

HIN 101/         Elementary Hindi and Urdu I
URD 101

HIN 102/         Elementary Hindi and Urdu II
URD 102

URD 105         Intermediate Urdu I

URD 107         Intermediate Urdu II

HIN 301/         Advanced Hindi-Urdu I
URD 301/

HIN 302/         Advanced Hindi-Urdu II
URD 302

 

Anthropology

ANT 217         Anthropology of Religion: Religion, Ethics, Social Life

ANT 321         Ritual, Myth and Worldview

ANT 337         Social Change in Contemporary India

ANT 339         Peoples and Cultures of South Asia

 

Comparative Literature

COM 336        Indian Texts and Contexts: Ancient to Medieval

COM 397        Modern South Asian Literature

 

History

HIS 241           Faith and Power in the Indian Ocean Arena

HIS 317           The Making of Modern India and Pakistan

HIS 332           India before Europe: Politics, Religion, and Culture in South Asia: 1000-1857 A.D.

HIS 341           Making Minorities: Modern South Asian Histories

HIS 416           Resistance and Reform: Islam and Colonialism in Modern South Asia

HIS 417           Gandhi: The Making of the Mahatma

HIS 420           Desi Girl, Mother India: Gender, Sexuality, and History in Hindi Cinema

HIS 422           Hindu, Muslim, Untouchable: Society and Politics in Pre-Modern South Asia, c. 1100-1800

HIS 436           Working Class Lives on the Indian Subcontinent

HIS 454           Afghanistan in World History: Between and Beyond Empires

 

Near Eastern Studies

NES 240          Muslims and the Qur’an

NES 307          Afghanistan and the Great Powers, 1747-2001

NES 319          South Asian Islam, 998-1803

NES 323          Introduction to Early Sufism (ca. AD 800-AD 1200)

NES 324          Introduction to Later Sufism (ca. AD 1200 to present)

NES 334          Modern Islamic Political Thought

NES 397          Thus Spoke Zarathustra: The Zoroastrian Tradition from Ancient Iran to Contemporary India

NES 418          Religion and State Relations in Comparative Perspective

 

Politics

POL 351          The Politics of Development

POL 377          Rise of Asia: Political Economy of Development

POL 378          Politics in India

POL 440          Seminar in International Relations

POL 476          Democracy in India

 

Princeton School of Public and International Affairs

SPI 409            Modern India: Political Economy Since Independence

WWS 319        Society and Politics in Pakistan

 

Religion

REL 210          Religions of India

REL 216          Philosophical Debates between Buddhists and Jains

REL 224          Nonviolence Across Religious History

REL 225          The Buddhist World of Thought and Practice

REL 281          Buddhist Philosophy

REL 308          The Buddhist Individual

REL 325          Hindu Scriptures

REL 326          Buddhist Literature: Interpreting the Lotus Sutra

REL 331          Islamic Liberalism

REL 338          Islam in India and Pakistan

REL 382          Death and the Afterlife in Buddhist Cultures

 

South Asian Studies

SAS 210          Languages and Culture in South Asia

SAS 301          Introduction to Indian Art

SAS 303          Gender, Sexuality, and Feminisms in South Asia

SAS 305          Indian Women’s Writing: Issues and Perspectives

SAS 309          Hinduism: Visions and Ideas

SAS 320          Science, Technology, and Society: South Asian Perspectives

SAS 321          The Politics of Pakistan

SAS 322          South Asian Popular Culture

SAS 325          Experiencing India through Bollywood

SAS 328          South Asian American Literature and Film

SAS 330          Mahabharata as Literature, Performance, Ideology

SAS 332          Mythology of Classical India

SAS 335          Gender and Performing Arts in South Asia

SAS 340          Popular Trends in South Asian Literature

SAS 345          Islam in South Asia through Literature and Film

SAS 350          Development and Dissent in India - South Asia

SAS 355          Coastal Justice: Ecologies, Societies, Infrastructures in South Asia

SAS 360          Reporting Inequality: The Media and the Marginalized