Suffering and Struggle is common to all humankind. It is part of the human condition and a constant theme in philosophy, theology and psychology. In this course we will explore how humankind finds meaning in life during times of uncertainty by examining the writings of famous thinkers, theologians and literary figures, and examine how suffering and struggle force the faithful to stretch their imagination to bring about powerful and prophetic movements for change. The moral and aesthetic impulse of their writings will stimulates inter-cultural and interdisciplinary conversations on the search for meaning in times of uncertainty. The first part of the course will be presentations with Dr. Siddiqui, Professor of Islamic and Interreligious Studies at New College, University of Edinburgh, and Dr. Grafton. The second part will be a seminar format with Dr. Grafton.
Course fulfills the following curricular requirements:
MAIRS- Islamic Studies: Religious Pluralism
Synchronous Meetings via Zoom: , May 25 (5-6:30), 26 (11-1:00), 27 (11-1:00), 28 (11-1:00); June 1, 3, 10, 15, 17, 22 (all 6-8:00 pm)