MSOE - 003

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June, 2017

Answer any five questions in about 500 words each. Select at least two questions from each section.

SECTION I

  1. Discuss the relationship between economy and religion.
  2. Critically examine DurIcheim's contribution to the study of religion.
  3. Explain the concept of Sacrifice in the Nuer religion.
  4. Analyse the relationship between Shamans, Mystics and doctors as explained by Sudhir Kakkar.
  5. Explain Berger's perspective on religion.

SECTION II

  1. Discuss the phenomenology of religion with special emphasis on religion and world construction.
  2. What is religious pluralism ? Explain its significance in society ?
  3. What is Secularization ? Discuss the Indian experience.
  4. How is Weber's analysis of religion different from that of Marx ?
  5. Write short notes on the following :
    (a) 'Totemism is a mode of classification in society'. Discuss.
    (b) Religious conversion.

December, 2016

Answer any five questions in about 500 words each. Select at least two questions from each section.

SECTION I

  1. What do you understand by Totemism ? Discuss with suitable examples.
  2. Compare and contrast Marx and Weber's approach to religion.
  3. Outline the concept of 'Cuong' in the Nuer religion.
  4. Discuss Freud's approach to religion.
  5. Write short notes in about 250 words each on the following :
    (a) Religious symbols
    (b) The concept of animism

SECTION II

  1. Discuss the significance of phenomenology to the study of religion.
  2. Discuss the socio-historical factors which led to the emergence of Sikhism.
  3. Analyse the various aspects of conversion in Indian Society.
  4. Write a comparative note on the European and Indian experiences of secularization.
  5. Write short notes in about 250 words each on the  following :
    (a) Basic tenets of Islam
    (b) Secularism

June, 2016

Answer any five of the following questions in about 500 words each. Select at least two questions from each section.

SECTION I

  1. Examine theories explaining origin of religion.
  2. "All myths are stories not all stories are myths." Comment.
  3. Critically analyse religion as a super structure.
  4. Outline the concept of 'Cuong' in the Nuer religion.
  5. Examine the relationship between Shamans, mystics and doctors.

SECTION II

  1. Discuss the significance of interpretative approach to the study of religion.
  2. Critically analyse the Indian experiences of secularism.
  3. Analyse the various aspects of conversion to Islam and Christianity in India.
  4. Discuss the socio-historical background to the emergence of Buddhism.
  5. Write short notes on (in 250 words each) the following :
    (a) Fundamentalism
    (b) Hindu way of life

December, 2015

Answer any five of the following questions in about 500 words each. Select at least two questions from each section.

SECTION I

  1. Discuss . the functional approach to the understanding of religion.
  2. Analyse the relationship between religion and the construction of knowledge.
  3. Discuss Weber's central thesis on religion and economy.
  4. Discuss religion as "Superstructure".
  5. Describe the concept of healing in the tantric tradition.

SECTION II

  1. Discuss religions revivalism with reference to new movements and cults.
  2. Outline Levi-Strauss' method of the study of totemism.
  3. Explain secularisation and outline the future of religion.
  4. What are the basic tenets of phenomenology of religion ?
  5. Compare and contrast 'fundamentalism' and 'communalism'.

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