This course offers a historical and topical survey of the origins, development, and variegated expressions of Islamicspiritual practices and mysticisim. The course is primarily concerned with the growth of mystical tradition in Islam and the forms of personal piety that culminated into emphasis over mystical dimensions of Islamic religious experience and practice. The course will examine the rise of Sufi orders, the systematization of Sufi teaching and the evolution of theosophical dimensions of mysticism, and finally, the contribution of Sufism in the Islamic arts and literatures. Students will be introduced to a variety of Sufi Texts in translationand academic essays from a variety of cultural and linguistic zones.
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