Course Descriptions - Mystics of the Middle East RELS 3012   Mystics of the Middle East
The course is designed as an introduction to mystical dimensions of Islamic thought and practice in their historical development and in relation to Jewish and Christian mysticism in the Middle East. Topics to be covered include: Middle Eastern Christian mysticism, the beginnings of the Sufi tradition in relation to other varieties of Middle Eastern mysticism, orthodoxy and heresy in early Sufism, stations and states on the Sufi path, Sufism and philosophy in interaction, Sufi orders, Sufi poetry as vehicle of mystical experience.
PREREQUISITES: RELS 1002.03 or RELS 2003.03 or permission of the instructor.