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9.5: Religions of India and South Asia

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    1. Outline the basic religions of the realm. Name the largest minority religion.
    2. Understand the basic structure and concepts of Hinduism, including the caste system.
    3. Describe how Buddhism differs from Hinduism.
    4. Summarize religions other than Buddhism and Hinduism that are prominent in India.

    Figure 9.35 Islamic Architecture in Hindu India


    The Taj Mahal was constructed as a mausoleum for the wife of the ruler Shah Jahan in 1653 when the Muslim Mogul Empire controlled northern India. The Taj Mahal is located at Agra, India, and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

    Particlem – Taj Mahal – CC BY 2.0.