Islamic Mystic Tradition

Semester: 
Spring
Year: 
2013
Subject Name: 

Religion

Course Number: 
385
Institution: 
Amherst College

(Offered as RELI 285 and ASLC 356 [WA])  This course is a survey of the large complex of Islamic intellectual and social perspectives subsumed under the term Sufism. Sufi mystical philosophies, liturgical practices, and social organizations have been a major part of the Islamic tradition in all historical periods, and Sufism has also served as a primary creative force behind Islamic aesthetic expression in poetry, music, and the visual arts. In this course, we will attempt to understand the various significations of Sufism by addressing both the world of ideas and socio-cultural practices. The course is divided into four modules: central themes and concepts going back to the earliest individuals who identified themselves as Sufis; the lives and works of two medieval Sufis; Sufi cosmology and metaphysics; Sufism as a global and multifarious trend in the modern world.

Spring semester. Professor Jaffer

Linked Course: 
N
Instructor Permission Required: 
N
Crosslisted Section ID: 
RELI-385-01,ASLC-356-01
Schedule #: 
RELI-385-01-1213S

Course Sections

Islamic Mystic Tradition
Sect # Credits Instructor(s) Instructor Email Meeting Times Location
01 4.0

Tariq Jaffer

tjaffer@amherst.edu

TH 02:30PM-04:30PM

CHAP 119