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HDS 3384 - The Concept of Knowledge in Maghribi Mystics ? From Zarruq (d. 1483) to Ahmad ibn Idris (d.1873) or return to Course Catalog Search

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Harvard Divinity SchoolHDSBaber Johansen
TermDay and TimeLocation
Fall 2018  (show academic calendar)Tu   3:00 p.m. - 4:59 p.m.Andover 118 (HDS)
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The first part of this seminar will be dedicated to the study of a concept, developed in the work of Zarruq, that integrates Islamic mystics (tasawwuf) in a universalist concept of knowledge. We will study the biography of the author and read one of his major texts in Arabic. In the second part of the seminar we will compare this universalist approach to knowledge with the work of Ahmad ibn Idris in Morocco, and later in Yemen, during the first half of the 19th century. We will focus on Ahmad b. Idris understanding of tasawwuf and its relation to other forms of knowledge. We will also analyze Ahmad ibn Idris? work as a preparation of fundamental approaches to Islam. For the second part of the seminar we will use ? apart from some Ahmad b. Idris? Arabic writings ? a number of English translations of his works and some analytical approaches to his writings published in English during the last 20 years. Prerequisite: Capacity to read Arabic texts.

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