Buddhism in History

SS098
Fall 20

This course provides students with an introduction to diverse aspects of Buddhism’s historical roles with a geographical focus on, but not limited to, Asia. As one of world’s major religions, Buddhism became to gain its popularity in many parts of the contemporary world. Accordingly, the academic discipline of history also began to grapple with the subject and has produced a large body of literature of the issues concerned. By analyzing a number of key topics from the literature of history of Buddhism and the religion’s roles in history, the course will impart to students a more balanced understanding of the interaction between human societies and one of world’s major religions The course is also designed to encourage critical thinking about why historical approaches are essential for understanding of human being’s belief systems such as Buddhism. For an interactive purpose, each lecture will be followed by a Q&A session. During the course, we will watch two films about Buddhism’s roles in history and students are required to write a final paper on one of them. All the materials are in English and no knowledge of other languages is required.

Hanung KIM


Hanung KIM


Dr. Hanung Kim is a historian of Inner Asia
and a Tibetologist. He earned his PhD from
the Department of East Asian Languages
and Civilization at Harvard University in 2018.