SOAS University of London

South Asia Department

Sanskrit Texts from the Hindu Tradition

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Module Not Running 2016/2017
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Full Year
The main aim of the course is to make students with basic knowledge of Sanskrit acquainted with the with the original Sanskrit version of important texts of the classical Hindu tradition (selected from the Vedas, the epics and Puranas, and Dharmasastra texts), so that they should be able to critically access existing translations and to work independently with original texts. Its focus is the content and, where appropriate, the style of these texts, which are also discussed in the wider context of classical Indian traditions. Students will be expected to demonstrate their ability to work with Sanskrit texts by the completion of extended pieces of course work, as well as in their final examination.


A good basic knowledge of Sanskrit will be required for students who wish to take this course.


Total of 22 weeks teaching with 2 hours classroom contact per week.

Method of assessment

One three-hour written examination taken in May/June (70%) and 2 essays of 2,500 to 3,000 words each to be submitted on day 1, week 1, term 2 and day 1, week 1, term 3 (30%).

Suggested reading

The reading list for this course will be made available from the convenor at the beginning of the course.


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