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RELIGIOUS STUDIES (L23)  (Dept. Info)Arts & Sciences  (Policies)SP2017

L23 Re St 396Islamic Philosophy, Mysticism, and Theology3.0 Units
Description:How does an individual achieve access to knowledge and access to God? To what extent is such access dependent upon scripture? To what extent is such access dependent upon reason? Are there forms of truth and experience that only reveal themselves through mysticism? Questions of this sort are central to the interrelated disciplines of Islamic philosophy, Islamic theology, and Islamic mysticism (i.e., Sufism). This course examines the preceding three disciplines, with a focus on the premodern period. Students will be introduced to major figures within these disciplines, including al-Ghazali, Ibn Sina, Ibn al-'Arabi, Ibn Taymiyya, and Rumi. Moreover, students will also examine how these disciplines have shaped various aspects of social life within premodern Muslim communities. Although the course addresses a range of issues, special attention will be given to the following topics: (1) the relationship between Islamic scripture/law and Islamic philosophy, mysticism, and theology (2) the relationship between Islamic religious teachings and the forms of both "high" and "popular" culture found in premodern Muslim societies (3) free thought, scientific inquiry, heterodoxy, skepticism, and blasphemy in premodern Muslim societies (4) Muslim institutions and social movements dedicated to promoting philosophy, mysticism, and theology (5) the aesthetic significance of philosophical, mystical, and theological teachings, and the expression of such teachings in Islamic ritual, poetry, literature, music, dance, painting, and architecture.
Attributes:A&S IQHUM, LCDArchHUMArtHUMBUETHENH
Instruction Type:Classroom instruction Grade Options:CA Fees:
Course Type:HomeSame As:L49 396  L75 396  L75 596Frequency:Every 2-3 Years / History
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