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THE OMISSIONS IN RECONSTRUCTING HINDU HISTORY
This course is the second in a two-quarter cycle that logically and rationally evaluates present scientific facts in connection to popular narratives about the history of Hindu civilization. India’s deep history is the history of the Hindu civilization, which dates back to ancient Indian prehistory. We use the term “Hindu” in a multifaceted framework that includes geographical, genetic, linguistic, cultural, and philosophical implications. The primary goal of this course is to analyze the best evidence available for what is typically left out of most school and college textbooks’ historical narratives about Hinduism and India.
Course Content: Reconstructing Hindu History – The Omissions
Both commissions and omissions plague Hindu history as it is rebuilt in school and college textbooks. The course will look at the obvious absences, such as the ancient Indians’ knowledge systems and their impact on the world over time, and will build a solid case for an early Hindu civilization that was knowledge-based. It will investigate the Hindus’ ancient knowledge systems in subjects as diverse as (a) philosophy, (b) medicine, (c) math, (d) astronomy, (e) music, (f) technology, (g) arts, (h) sciences, (i) textiles, (j) metallurgy, and (k) architecture, among many others. It will also investigate available evidence regarding the outflow of knowledge from India to the rest of the world, from ancient to modern times.