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340 Sufism: The Islamic Mystical Tradition
SUFISM: THE ISLAMIC MYSTICAL TRADITION
This course explores the Islamic mystical tradition, or Sufism. For long centuries Sufism has contributed to the development of Islamic religious thought, to the global diffusion of the faith, and to the shaping of religious experiences and practices of Muslims in the Middle East, Africa and Asia. It has also enriched the creative and aesthetic aspects of Islamic civilization, most notably music and poetry. We will examine Sufi devotional practices and rituals, teachings of some spiritual masters, and the historical development and growth of Sufism and Sufi orders. Evaluation is by writing and revision of papers, and exams.
Prerequisites & Notes:
Junior status; ENG 101 and 30 credits at WWU; and one course from: LBRL 231, LBRL 271, LBRL 278, LBRL 332, LBRL 378, or HIST 287, HIST 406; or instructor permission.