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RELIGION 1802 - Introduction to Islamic Mystical Traditions or return to Course Catalog Search

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Faculty of Arts and SciencesReligion, The Study ofAli S. Asani
TermDay and TimeLocation
Fall 2017-2018  (show academic calendar)Tu   1:00 p.m. - 2:59 p.m.Sever 102 (FAS)
4  (show credit conversion for other schools)
Credit Level
Graduate and Undergraduate

This course offers an introductory survey of mystical traditions of Islam, popularly labelled as ?Sufism.? It explores the fundamental concepts, practices, and institutions associated with these traditions, their historical development and their influence on the devotional, cultural and social lives of Muslim communities through the centuries. Through case studies drawn from the Middle East, South Asia, West Africa and North America, the course examines ways in which these traditions have developed and promoted alternative perspectives on what it means to be Muslim, challenging in recent times sectarian, legalistic and politicized understandings of Islam such as Wahhabi, Islamism and jihadism. The course assumes no prior knowledge of Islam.

Recommended: An introductory course in Islam or equivalent helpful but not essential.

This course, when taken for a letter grade, meets the General Education requirement for Culture and Belief. This course fulfills the requirement that one of the eight General Education courses also engage substantially with Study of the Past. Offered jointly with the Divinity School as 3620.

Exam Group

Cross Registration
Eligible for cross-registration
With permission of instructor/subject to availability

MIT students please cross register from MIT's Add/Drop application.