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SEAPis designated as a NATIONAL RESOURCE CENTER (NRC) by the United States Department of Education 2010 – 2014. As such, the Program is nationally prominent in promoting advanced foreign language training, area and international knowledge in the liberal arts and applied discipline focused on Southeast Asia. SEAP successfully trains undergraduate and graduate students who distinguish themselves in universities, area study centers, businesses, banks, foundations, governments and multinational agencies both in the US and abroad. It offers outreach to regional K-12 and Post-secondary schools/teachers and is known for its academic publications focused on the region.


 ASIAN 2247: Islam in Asia               3 credits               MW 2:55-4:10        C. Formichi

 This course examines the dynamics of Islam’s spread from its geographical centre in Arabia to Asia, in both historical and contemporary contexts. Taking a border – crossing thematic approach, the course will cover the lands “across the Oxus river” (Transoxiana, or Mawarannahr), from Central Asia to Southeast Asia in a comparative manner, addressing themes relevant to both majority – Muslim settings and minority groups; in addition, students will be given windows to explore the fundamentals of Islam as a religious system as well as a historical phenomenon. Covered topics will include the emergence and consolidation of networks of knowledge and ritual, the relationship between localised practices and

A new Course - GOVT 3434 (3 credits) - Chinese Empire and the Cambodian Experience with Professor Andrew Mertha will be offered in Winter 2015.

Asian 3367 Buddhism & its others in South and Southeast Asia (also RELST 3367)
4 credits MWF 1:25 – 2:15 E. White

This course examines how Buddhist identities, communities and self-understandings are constituted in part through moments of encounter with non-Buddhists. How do Buddhists respond to the challenge of incommensurable religious diversity?