Honours Programme

Inter-Religious Studies [DIRS]

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Credits offered (15 hr per credit)

TY – 1

SY – 1

FY – 1

Maximum Number of students for each activity

TY – 25

SY – 25

FY – 25

Activity fees

TY – 350

SY – 350

FY – 350

Any suggestions to ease the program – overall or specific: All the sessions of the course are spaced out: There will be only 2 sessions per week, on Tuesday and Friday.(8 sessions in total) The assignments are more reflective rather than factual. We are also providing greater flexibility in terms of choice of topic so that the students are motivated to explore the themes they are interested in within the topic.


Jewish and Christian traditions

Distinctiveness of the Abrahamic traditions. Monotheism and the significance of the prophets. The leadership and vision of Moses and Jesus. Notion of a covenantal faith and types of covenants. Two foundational moments: Exodus and the Resurrection. Creation and redemption. Jewish and Christian canons [revealed and authoritative texts]. Calendar and festivals. Influence of Zoroastrianism on Judaism and Christianity, and the latter’s influence on Islam.

Date: 27 October to 20 November
Timing: Tuesday and Friday, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Platform: Zoom
Fees: Xavier’s Students: Rs. 350/-
One transfer Credit will be provided
Resource Person: Dr.(Fr.) Keith D’souza SJ and Mr. Royston Mascarnhas

To register contact: courses.dirs@gmail.com


Zoroastrian, Islamic and Bahai traditions

Zoroastrian tradition as the oldest tradition in West Asia. The beginnings of monotheism. Belief in Ahura Mazda. The teachings of prophet Zarathustra. Influence on Judaism, and thereby Christianity and Islam. Islam as the religion propounded by Prophet Muhammad. A development of the Jewish and Christian traditions. Bahai faith started by Bahaullah in Iran. A development or synthesis of Islam and other traditions.

Date: 24 November to 18 December
Timing: Tuesday and Friday, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Platform: Zoom
Fees: Xavier’s Students: Rs. 350/-
One transfer Credit will be provided
Resource Person:
To register contact: courses.dirs@gmail.com


Indigenous traditions

Primal and nature-attuned religious expression. Orality, narrativity and aesthetics as communicative means. Community-based identity. Significance of totems. Generalities and divergences between global indigenous traditions. Raimundo Panikkar’s “cosmotheandric wisdom” as a template for indigeneous spiritualities.

Date: 5 January to 29 January
Timing: Tuesday and Friday, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Platform: Zoom
Fees: Xavier’s Students: Rs. 350/-
One transfer Credit will be provided
Resource Person: Dr. (Fr.) S.M. Michael
To register contact: courses.dirs@gmail.com


Inter-Religious Confluence [sangam]

Similarities and differences between different religious traditions. The influence of religions on one another. Instances of, and possibilities for mutual fecundity. The need for inter-religious dialogue. The necessity for a reinterpretation of religious traditions. The possibility of a religion- influenced global ethics. A common charter for compassion. The role of religion in contributing towards civic harmony.

Date: 2 February to 26 February
Timing: Tuesday and Friday, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Platform: Zoom
Fees: Xavier’s Students: Rs. 350/-
One transfer Credit will be provided
Resource Person:
To register contact: courses.dirs@gmail.com

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