RELG 366 Rivers, Religion, and Environment in South Asia (3 credits)

Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Arts)


Religious Studies : This class explores the significance of major South Asian river systems, including Ganges, Indus, Brahmaputra, and Yamuna, in classical and contemporary terms. In Hindu scriptures, rivers may be incarnate, emplaced goddesses; in contemporary South Asia, rivers are central to Hindu pilgrimage while facing environmental pressures from pollution, overuse, flooding, and drought. Finally, rivers of the Indian subcontinent cross and delineate international boundaries, creating friction between India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. As key lifelines shared in multi-religious South Asia, are rivers vulnerable wards of the state—or valuable ‘citizens’ who must be recruited to do their part?

Terms: Winter 2020

Instructors: Andrea Marion Pinkney (Winter)

  • Prerequisite(s): RELG 252 or Permission of Instructor