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Sufism: The Mystical Tradition of Islam

REL 239/NES 239

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In Western media and popular discourse, Sufism, or the mystical tradition in Islam, is often portrayed as the 'soft-side' of Islam and contrasted with the harsh 'legalism' of the Shari`a or Islamic law. In this class, we will try to interrupt this portrayal through a rigorous exercise of textual and conceptual interrogation. We will explore the institutional and intellectual history, meditation and disciplinary practices, poetry and literature, as well as orientalist and neo-imperialist representations of Sufism. A major emphasis of this course will be on closely reading and analyzing Sufi texts from a range of genres in translation.
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Section S01

  • Type: Seminar
  • Section: S01
  • Status: O
  • Enrollment: 13
  • Capacity: 15
  • Class Number: 22065
  • Schedule: Th 01:30 PM-04:20 PM