Religion and Society in Southeast Asia

Southeast Asia is located at the historical crossroads of world religious traditions. From its premodern and modern colonial pasts to postcolonial and ‘globalization’ times, various religions have continued to shape the region’s cultural, economic, and political outlooks. The module explores religion - especially major world religions such as Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, and Islam- as a major venue to understand past and present of Southeast Asian societies. Its coverage deals with how and why religious traditions have persisted and continued to interact with changing societies across the region. It will focus on major religious traditions or a combination of many religions or common religious characteristics found across Southeast Asian countries.

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