Three of the great religions of the world are Hinduism, Buddhism and Islam.
We will consider the birth and the early historical development of these religions, their key text(s) and beliefs and some of their key practices and the foundations of their ethics. Each of these religions also has an ethical dimension. We will also look into the foundations of their ethics
Introduction. Hinduism: Pre-Aryan culture; The Vedic period: Aryan society and religion.
Hinduism: Later developments – Brahmanas, Aranyakas, Upanishads; Veda; Dharma; Renouncer tradition.
Hinduism: Classical period: Epics: Bhagavad Gita; Puranas; Great Gods: Vishnu and Shiva; Schools of Hindu thought.
Buddhism: Religious (and cultural) milieu at the time of the Buddha’s birth; Buddhist scriptures; the life of the Buddha; the Buddha’s basic teachings.
Buddhism: The Buddha’s basic teachings; the Buddha’s philosophy.
Buddhism: The Buddha’s ethics.
Buddhism: Early historical development; Asoka; Theravada & Mahayana Buddhism.
Islam: Pre-Islamic Arabia; Muhammad; the Qur’an and Qur’anic doctrine.
Islam: Sunna; Hadith(s); Early historical development; Sunni-Shia division; Early theology.
Islam: Shari’a and key religious duties.
Programme Fee (No Accommodation - inc. Tuition, Lunch & Dinner): £820.00
Programme Fee (Standard Single Room - inc. Tuition and Meals): £1430.00
Programme Fee (Superior Single Room - inc. Tuition and Meals): £1540.00
Dr Karim Esmail
Karim was a Research Fellow at Oxford & a Visiting Fellow at Harvard & Burney Student at Cambridge and he currently lectures at Oxford & Cambridge. Alongside international articles, he is the author of a clear, original and best-selling philosophical introduction on God’s nature and existence and a further work is forthcoming.
This course aims to provide an understanding of the foundations of Hinduism, Buddhism and Islam in terms of their origins and early historical development, their key text(s) and beliefs and some of their key practices, and foundation of their ethics.
- To provide an understanding of Hinduism, Buddhism, and Islam in terms of their origins and early historical development.
- To provide and understanding of these religions in terms of their key text(s), and beliefs and some of their key practices.
- To provide and understanding of these religions in terms of the foundations of their ethics.
All summer school courses are taught through group seminars and individual tutorials. Students also conduct private study when not in class and there is a well stocked library at OUDCE to support individual research needs.
By the end of the course the students will be expected to:
- have acquired understanding of Hinduism, Buddhism, and Islam in terms of their origins and early historical development
- have gained a understanding of these religions in terms of their key text(s), and beliefs and some of their key practices
- have acquired a understanding of these religions in terms of the foundations of their ethics.
Students are assessed during the summer school by either a 1500 word written assignment or a presentation supported by individual documentation. To successfully gain credit (10 CATS points) students should attend all classes and complete the on-course assignment. There is also a pre-course assignment of 1000 words set. Although this does not count towards credit, it is seen as an important way of developing a student's ideas and therefore its completion is mandatory.
Early enrolment is advised as many courses fill before February.
- Prospective students may enrol online by navigating to the desired course page and then clicking the 'apply online' link at the bottom of that page.
- Closing Date:
Enrolments will be accepted up to 1 May 2019.
- Online enrolments require payment in full at the time of registering.
Enrolment by Post, Fax or Email attachment
- Those who do not wish to register online or who have specific requirements (e.g. disabled suite accommodation) should contact the Programme Administrator directly.
- They should complete the application form, link below, and send it to the Programme Administrator (address shown below).
- Although we try to honour students' first choice of course, sometimes a course fills-up rapidly. Please therefore indicate a second choice of course on your application form.
- Confirmation will be sent to you with an invoice which may be paid either online or by bank transfer, credit/debit card or cheque/banker`s draft.
- Closing Date:
- Enrolments will be accepted up to 1st May 2019
- Participants are required to pay the full fee within 30 days of the invoice date.
English Language Requirements
If English is not your first language you must supply suitable evidence (an original certificate that is not more than two years old and issued by a responsible body) that you have reached the Standard overall score, plus the additional requirement before you may be offered a place.
Confirmation and Further Information
Successful enrolments will be confirmed automatically.
The full description of the course, which includes recommended prior reading, is available on the website.
- A 'Further Information' email will be sent to you within 3 days of your online enrolment. This is important, as it contains the details of the essays you need to write. If you do not receive it, check your junk mail folder and then email us.
Enrolment by Post, Fax or Email attachment
Confirmation of your registration will be sent by email (or post if you do not use email), along with a copy of the full description of the course, which includes recommended reading.
- A 'Confirmation of Enrolment' email will be sent to you within 3 days of your online enrolment. This is important, as it contains the details of the essays you need to write and your invoice. If you do not receive it, check your junk mail folder and then email us.
Joining Notes/Travel Advice Notes which provide information on how to get to Rewley House, arrival and departure times etc will be made available on our website. Those who enrolled through the Programme Administrator, and hence may not have access to the Web, will receive a printed copy by post when available.
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