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Religions and Religious Belief in Early East Asian History

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This course explored the religious foundations of much of Asia’s cultures and societies. It looked at the doctrinal foundations (including sacred texts) and societal implications for indigenous religions (such as Shinto and Folk Religions) as well as the world religions (Buddhism, Islam, and Christianity) that came to profoundly affect East Asia.  The course also paid attention to how teachers might present these concepts and histories to a range of students and make the topic engaging and relevant to all students.


Day 1: The Worldviews of the Ancient Chinese Cultures
Day 2: The Confucian and Daoist Worldviews
Day 3: Buddhism in East Asia: Part 1
Day 4: Buddhism in East Asia: Part 2
Day 5: The Role of Islam and Christianity in East Asia History

Introductory Video

This hybrid seminar met both in person at Boise State University and online. The seminar met in person on Monday, January 25 and Monday, February 29 from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Three online lectures were viewed during the weeks between the class meetings.


Professor Shelton Woods


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  • Free course materials, including the books listed above
  • $100 stipend for the purchase of additional books and teaching materials
  • 20 Montana Professional Development Units (PDUs) or two BSU Professional Development Credits
  • subscription to Education about Asia