Religious Studies
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

RELI 355: Sufism

RELI 355-001: Sufism
(Spring 2017)

Krug Hall 5

Section Information for Spring 2017

Come explore the mystical aspect of the Islamic tradition through the religious, literary, and cultural expressions of Sufism. Sufism is found across the globe, in all areas of the Islamic world, and this rich spiritual tradition has generated some of the most influential ethical, intellectual,, and artistic developments in the Islamic world. Students are introduced to Sufism as a spiritual perspective within Islam, and will read and discuss various genres of Sufi literature, including: spiritual biography and autobiography, mystical interpretations of the Qur’an, allegorical stories meant for spiritual instruction, and love poetry to God and the Prophet Muhammad.

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Credits: 3

Examines the tradition of Islamic mysticism, Sufism, through an exploration of the literature produced by Sufis themselves. Provide general introduction to Sufism and its spiritual perspective and investigates various genres of Sufi literature, including hagiography, symbolic scriptural exegesis, spiritual autobiography, didactic allegory and love poetry.

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