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Shankar Ayillath Nair

Assistant Professor
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Department of Religious Studies
Office location and address
Gibson Hall, S-363
1540 Jefferson Park Ave
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
Education
Bachelor of Arts (BA), Harvard University
Master of Arts (MA), Harvard University
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Harvard University
COLA 1500: College Advising Seminars
Credits: 1
COLA courses are 1-credit seminars capped at 18 first-year students, all of whom are assigned to the instructor as advisees. They are topically focused on an area identified by the faculty member; they also include a significant advising component centered on undergraduate issues (e.g., choosing a major, study abroad opportunities, undergraduate research, etc.). For detailed descriptions see http://college.as.virginia.edu/COLA
RELI 2070: Classical Islam
Credits: 3
Studies the Irano-Semitic background, Arabia, Muhammad and the Qur'an, the Hadith, law and theology, duties and devotional practices, sectarian developments, and Sufism.
RELI 2085: Modern Islam: From the Age of Empires to the Present
Credits: 3
Surveys Islamic history from the "age of the great empires" (Ottoman, Safavid, Mughal) to the colonial period and up to the present day, including Islam in America. Islamic life and thought will be examined from multiple angles -- including popular piety and spirituality, philosophy and theology, law, gender, art, architecture, and literature -- with particular attention paid to the rise of modern Islamic "fundamentalist" movements.
RELI 3120: Sufism: Islamic Mysticism
Credits: 3
This course will be a historical and topical survey of the development of Sufism from the classical Islamic period through the modern age, paying special attention to the interaction of ideas and the social and political contexts surrounding them.
SATR 3559: New Course in South Asian Literature in Translation
Credits: 3
New Course in South Asian Literature in Translation
MESA 3559: New Course in Middle Eastern & South Asian Studies
Credits: 3
New Course in Middle Eastern & South Asian Studies
RELS 4995: Independent Research
Credits: 1–6
Systematic readings in a selected topic under detailed supervision. Prerequisite: Permission of departmental advisor and instructor.
RELI 5540: Seminar in Islamic Studies
Credits: 3
Topics in Islamic Studies
SATR 5559: New Course in South Asian Literature in Translation
Credits: 3
New Course in South Asian Literature in Translation
MESA 5559: New Course in Middle Eastern & South Asian Studies
Credits: 3
New Course in Middle Eastern & South Asian Studies
RELS 8500: Topics for Supervised Study and Research
Credits: 1–6
This topical course provides Master's and Doctoral students in Religious Studies an opportunity for advanced coursework in selected, established areas of the department's curriculum.
RELI 8703: Advanced Readings in Arabic
Credits: 3
Advanced readings in Arabic philosophical, theological, mystical, and literary texts. Course readings will be in Arabic.
RELI 8707: Advanced Readings in Persian
Credits: 3
Advanced readings in Persian philosophical, theological, mystical, and literary texts. Course readings will be in Persian.
RELS 8995: Research
Credits: 1–12
Systematic readings in a selected topic under detailed supervision.
RELS 8998: Non-Topical Research, Preparation for Research
Credits: 1–12
For master's research, taken before a thesis director has been selected.
RELS 8999: Non-Topical Research
Credits: 1–12
For master's thesis, taken under the supervision of a thesis director.
RELS 9998: Non-Topical Research, Preparation for Doctoral Research
Credits: 1–12
For doctoral research, taken before a dissertation director has been selected.
RELS 9999: Non-Topical Research
Credits: 1–12
For doctoral dissertation, taken under the supervision of a dissertation director.