Fall 2023 Middle East GR6236 section 001

Readings in Sufi Texts

Call Number 10671
Day & Time
W 4:10pm-6:00pm
112 Knox Hall
Points 4
Grading Mode Standard
Approvals Required None
Instructor Wael Hallaq
Method of Instruction In-Person
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 6 students (10 max) as of 10:06AM Tuesday, June 18, 2024
Subject Middle East
Number GR6236
Section 001
Division Interfaculty
Campus Morningside
Note Advanced reading knowledge of Arabic is required.
Section key 20233MDES6236G001