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RELIGION 1838 - What is Good in Islam? Ethics in the Islamic Tradition or return to Course Catalog Search

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Faculty of Arts and SciencesReligion, The Study ofNicholas Boylston
TermDay and TimeLocation
Fall 2018-2019  (show academic calendar)MW   10:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.Barker 114 (FAS)
4  (show credit conversion for other schools)
Credit Level
Graduate and Undergraduate

Can values be judged by reason or are they dependent on revelation? What is the goal of human existence and how is it to be attained? What is the relationship between the Sharia and ethics? What are a human?s responsibilities towards fellow humans? How is the human self to be cultivated? In this class we will explore the diverse approaches to these questions in the Islamic tradition, with a focus on the pre-modern. Beginning with the Quran and Hadith, we will discuss a wide range of discourses in which questions of the good, the right, and the cultivation of virtue have been addressed, including theology, law, philosophy, literary ethics (adab), and various strands of the Sufi tradition. Throughout the course we will pay close attention to ways in which conceptions of what is good are connected to accounts of the nature of reality and the sources of human knowledge, noting how ethical questions pervade Islamic systems of knowledge and practice.Jointly offered with the Divinity School as HDS 3042.

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