This is a historical and topical survey that examines Islamic spirituality (commonly known as Sufism), the growth of this tradition from the earliest days of Islam, and the early forms of personal piety that culminated in emphasis on mystical dimensions of Islamic religious experience and practice. We will read both primary sources (in translation) and secondary sources, and reflect on the works of several of the major Muslim spiritual figures throughout history, learn about the development of some of the Sufi orders, and consider the relationship between spirituality, theology, and law in Islam. We will encounter English translations of some of the greatest masterpieces of Sufi literature in Arabic and Persian. This course provides knowledge useful for those generally interested in spirituality and for those pursuing spiritual/pastoral care and counseling professions.
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