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THEO 8566 Mystical Poetry in the Islamic Humanities (Spring: 3 )


Course Description

Spiritual poetry and music have long been the primary cultural vehicle for the popular communication of Qur'anic teaching throughout the Islamic world. Beginning with essential background from the Qur'an and Hadith, this seminar will focus on three classics of the Islamic humanities: Attar's Language of the Birds; Rumi's Masnavi; and Hafez's lyrical poetry. Each participant will also study another major work from the Islamic humanities (in translation) from a different Muslim culture or cognate artistic forms (film, music, literature) from contemporary spiritual settings


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites: None

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Comments: In addition (as indicated on the syllabus), doctoral students will be doing an additional 15-20 p. (minimum) research paper on a topic relating to thier dissertation subject, and pursuing three hours weekly of additional advanced Arabic readings with the Professor from Ibn 'Arabi's Fusus al-Hikam and Futuhat (on spiritual psychology, epistemology and sainthood).


Last Updated: 12-Feb-16