Islamic Mysticism (Sufism)
An introduction to Sufism using primary texts, films and recordings.
The course will first trace the development of Sufism, including its Christian and Hindu heritage.
Then, using a Sufi manual of instruction, students will work their way through one influential approach to Sufi metaphysics. Finally, using films and recordings, the class will consider the rituals, practices and role of the Sufi orders of Islam in Islamic history.
Desirable: Religion 1, 8, 16, or another College course on Islam or Islamicate culture, some familiarity with the Islamic world, or permission of the instructor. Serves in satisfaction of the Non-Western Requirement. PHR