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Fall 2019 Middle East UN2650 section 001
GANDHI & HIS INTERLOCUTORS

Call Number 10367
Day & Time
Location
TR 10:10am-11:25am
To be announced
Points 4
Grading Mode Standard
Approvals Required None
Instructor Sudipta Kaviraj
Type LECTURE
Course Description Gandhi is in two senses an extraordinary figure: he was the most important leader of anti-imperialist movements in the twentieth century; yet, his ideas about modernity, the state, the industrial economy, technology, humanity’s place in nature, the presence of God – were all highly idiosyncratic, sometimes at odds with the main trends of modern civilization. How did a man with such views come to have such an immense effect on history? In some ways, Gandhi is an excellent entry into the complex history of modern India – its contradictions, achievements, failures, possibilities. This course will be primarily a course on social theory, focusing on texts and discursive exchanges between various perceptions of modernity in India. It will have two parts: the first part will be based on reading Gandhi’s own writings; the second, on the writings of his main interlocutors. It is hoped that through these exchanges students will get a vivid picture of the intellectual ferment in modern India, and the main lines of social and political thought that define its intellectual culture. The study in this course can be followed up by taking related courses in Indian political thought, or Indian politics or modern history. This course may not be taken as Pass/D/Fail.
Web Site Vergil
Department Middle Eastern, South Asian and African Studies
Enrollment 2 students (60 max) as of 5:04PM Sunday, May 26, 2019
Subject Middle East
Number UN2650
Section 001
Division Interfaculty
Open To School of the Arts, Barnard, Columbia College, Engineering and Applied Science: Undergraduate, Engineering and Applied Science: Graduate, Graduate School of Arts and Science, General Studies, School of Professional Studies, Global Programs, International and Public Affairs
Campus Morningside
Section key 20193MDES2650W001

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