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Fall 2020 Middle East GR6236 section 001
Readings in Sufi Texts

Call Number 14320
Day & Time
M 4:10pm-6:00pm
Points 4
Grading Mode Standard
Approvals Required None
Instructor Wael Hallaq
Method of Instruction On-Line Only
Course Description This seminar is based entirely on the primary sources of Ṣūfism, including the writings of Qushayrī, Nūrī, Muḥāsibī, Sarrāj, Ghazālī, Hujwīrī, Ibn ʿArabī, Suhrawardī, Shaʿrānī, and al-Ḥakīm al-Tirmidhī. We will explore how the leading Ṣūfīs saw themselves and the ways in which they articulated their identity. This is also articulated in the ways they organized their works and constructed the biographies of their ethical exemplars. We will study their major concepts and descriptions of their own experiences, and then theorize their subjective formations as “hermeneutics of the subject.” Inasmuch as this seminar is about how we study and view Ṣūfism, it is also as much about the various ways this conception of the world can inform a basis of a set of critiques of modernity and its epistemologies and practices.
Web Site Vergil
Department Middle Eastern, South Asian and African Studies
Enrollment 10 students (10 max) as of 8:06PM Wednesday, August 5, 2020
Status Full
Subject Middle East
Number GR6236
Section 001
Division Interfaculty
Campus Morningside
Note Proficient knowledge of classical & technical Arabic reqd.
Section key 20203MDES6236G001

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