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The history of South Asia covers a period of more than four thousand years during which it saw the rise and fall of many dynasties and empires. The South Asian History and Culture course begins with the Indus Valley Civilization and the early Vedic Age (ca. 1500 BCE) and ends with the division of the Indian Peninsula after liberation from the British yoke and the subsequent developments in the newly created states. Particular emphasis is also placed on Greek influence and Greek-Indian relations from the pre-Alexandrian era to the present day.

The Indian Peninsula, despite its great differentiation in geographical and ethnocultural terms, was known both in the Greek and the Western worlds under the name “India”. Today the region is divided politically into the countries of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka.

With a population close to 2 billion, South Asia is of the utmost economic and geostrategic importance. The region has offered a multitude of cultural elements that cover all areas of human thought, while it is characterized by the strong dominance of the spiritual and religious elements. South Asia is home to 98.47% of the world’s Hindus, 90.5% of Sikhs, and 31% of Muslims, as well as 35 million Christians, 25 million Buddhists, and 5 million Jains. The free coexistence of religions is not everywhere and always acceptable and determines to a significant extent the political and cultural development of each region.

Seminar: History of South Asia
with Indologist Professor Dimitrios Vasiliadis

Course: September 2022
Duration 1 month (4 lectures)

Course: February 2022 completed

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