All readings in this schedule should ideally be completed by the day under which they are listed, although this requirement is only assessed during TRAs and Application Exercise . All numbers in the schedule are page numbers unless otherwise noted.
CAUTION: I will probably be making revisions to on-line materials before we discuss them in class. Therefore WAIT until that time to print out materials you wish to have on hand, such as terms, excerpts and assignment guidelines.
ON-LINE READINGS: If you click on a link to Encyclopedia Britanicca on-line from off-campus, you will initially b e directed to an authentication page that asks you to enter your Saclink ID and password. WARNING: make sure that you use these links to access EB; going through the library's database page may lead to different material, which will likely confuse you when preparing for TRAs.
Unit 1a: Late Medieval India (11th - 17th century CE)
Mon, Feb 11
orientation to readings
FIND TERMS & EXCERPTS from the reading guide in these primary sources:
FIND * TERMS from the reading guide in these overviews:
BROWSE on-line information regarding similar contemporary practices:
|Mon, Feb 18||
iTRA #1a DUE by 1 pm
gTRA #1a in class
preliminary Application Exercise 1a
(same as above)
|Wed, Feb 20||
Application Exercise 1a
"Akbar Riding the Elephant" & Memoirs of Jahangir (ASA: RDR, 9-13)
PREPARE by addressing the following scenario (PDF version):
THE SCENARIO: The Oak Park/South Sac (OPSS) City Repair Initiative is inspired by City Repair Project in Portland, Oregon. OPSS City Repair has just kicked off its fall "Placemaking" efforts in one Oak Park neighborhood whose residents have been wanting to strengthen their community ties. OPSS City Repair staff provided organizing tools and materials to help them paint and decorate a central intersection, where people from surrounding blocks are spontaneously beginning to gather (see the YouTube video, "Transform Space Into Place"). City Repair staff have made it known that they are interested in having neighbors hold events in that space that will further strength people's relationships (i.e., the "social web")...
[Read the full text describing the context & criteria for choosing between these three contemporary practices:]
A. Members of large nearby Baptist church & community center would like to show a documentary about the religious life of the former Christian athlete who is now Sacramento's mayor, which focuses on the way Christian ideals have shaped this athlete turned politician's personal sense of mission (see The House Church web site).
B. Neighbors who attend a small pentacostal church at the other end of the neighborhood propose to hold a gathering, reading the story of Pentacost from the Gospel of Luke to inspire repetitive singing of Jesus's name, during which participants express devotion through various forms of movement.
C. Others who are part of a small Islamic center which also borders the neighborhood have asked to hold a gathering to hear stories of Muhammad and his followers (hadith--see this modern animated telling), especially those that emphasize Muhammad's commitment to peaceful religious struggle. These would be told by an elder known for his storytelling skill.