REL 233 Islamic Mysticism: The Sufis (W)

Last offered Spring 2014

Studying Sufism, the mystical tradition of Islam, is an excellent introduction to the Muslim world. The Sufis represent a delightful and many-faceted spiritual tradition that both enriches and criticizes orthodox Islam. This course will explore the origins of Sufism in the ascetic and revolutionary piety of the early Islamic community; the systematization of the Sufi path to God; Sufi themes in art and poetry; the development of the Sufi orders and techniques of ecstasy, both at high and popular levels. We will read in the classics of Sufi poetry and thought, including Rumi, Attar, Suhrawardi, and Ghazali; we will also explore the Sufi theosophy of Ibn Arabi. We will conclude with an examination of contemporary Sufi life in Pakistan, Egypt and Turkey.
Class Format: lecture/discussion
Requirements/Evaluation: four 5- to 7-page papers based on the readings and revised in editing workshops
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Prerequisites: none; open to all
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Divisional Attributes: Division II, Writing Intensive
Other Attributes: ARAB Arabic Studies Electives, REL Islamic Tradition Courses
Enrollment Limit: 19
Expected Enrollment: 19
Class Number: 3972
REL 233 LEC Islamic Mysticism: The Sufis (W) Division 2: Social StudiesWriting Intensive William R. Darrow
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