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About Hindi-Urdu

Why Study Hindi and Urdu?

The Department of World Languages & Cultures offers Hindi and Urdu language classes (Beginning, Intermediate and directed readings), as well as courses related to literature, society and cultures of South Asia (India, Pakistan and Bangladesh). In the language classes, students start with learning the Devanagari script (‘Hindi’) and Urdu Nastaliq script can be added to that in the following semesters. In this way, students gain access to two written languages of South Asia. Learning any Indian language will allow more in-depth knowledge of Indian, Pakistani and Bangladeshi culture.

Content courses on South Asia are taught in English and can be of interest to students majoring in amongst others Asian Studies, International Studies, Literature, Film, History, Business, and could eventually show the student the benefits of learning Hindi-Urdu when interested in South Asia. Any of the courses can count towards an Asian Studies major.

 

Hindi-Urdu Courses

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This course will provide an overview of Hindu and Muslim traditions, rituals, and practices with a focus on India and South Asia. While the course has an emphasis on present day South Asia in a globalizing world, we will explore the uniqueness of these religions in their Indian setting. We will however branch out, when necessary, to make comparisons to Hinduism and Islam elsewhere, and explore their history in order to fully grasp the development of these religious communities, as well as related religions, such as Sufism, Sikhism and Jainism. We will discuss dynamics between the different religious communities in South Asia, and their relevance to the Western world. No knowledge of Hindi or Urdu is required, taught in English.

A survey course of south Asian society and culture through literature.

A survey course of south Asian popular culture.

This new course will expand the South Asia Program. Film is used as an avenue for understanding culture, politics, religion, social issues/tensions, complexity and richness of India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. As India has the largest film industry in the world, this course will also show students that there is more to Indian cinema than just Bollywood. It illustrates how one cannot appreciate Indian films without basic knowledge of literature, history and the composition.

In this course, the students will be introduced to the rich cultural interactions that have taken place over centuries of time between South Asia (India, Pakistan, Bangladesh) and Iran. Both located on the ancient Silk Route, the economic, technological, cultural, philosophical and religious exchanges between India and Iran started over 2,000 years ago, and in certain ways, is still ongoing today. From religious communities (Zoroastrian/Parsi, Shi'a Muslim, Jewish) finding exile in India and influencing their new home country in numerous ways (e.g. giving rise to modern Indian theatre and the film industry), over literary and linguistics cross-fertilizations, to modern dance and film industries that bloom and influence each other, South Asia and Iran share a rich history and heritage.

Readings selected by student ad designated professor to broaden student's background in area where no course is taught. Repeatable for credit when topic varies.

A survey course of south Asian popular culture. Graduate students enrolled in the class will be required to do more course work.

This new course will expand the South Asia Program. Film is used as an avenue for understanding culture, politics, religion, social issues/tensions, complexity and richness of India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. As India has the largest film industry in the world, this course will also show students that there is more to Indian cinema than just Bollywood. It illustrates how one cannot appreciate Indian films without basic knowledge of literature, history and the composition.

Directed readings are designed for advanced graduates to pursue interests with a given professor that go beyond the boundaries of previous classroom work or available class offerings. Students will create a reading list and syllabus of assignments and meetings in conjunction with the professor.

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Hindi-Urdu Resources

Asia Center

With over one hundred affiliated faculty from 28 departments and 11 colleges, the Asia Center works with a network of units across the university to facilitate development of Asia-related curriculum, conferences, lectures, cultural events, learning abroad and internship opportunities, and community programs. It houses an interdisciplinary Asian Studies Program B.A. and M.A. degrees with tracks focused on East, South, Southeast, and Central Asia, Russia, and the Pacific.

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Last Updated: 3/9/20