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Irfan (Mysticism)

This course examines the origins, history and development of Mysticism in Islam. Students will be taught the central motifs of its divisions (theoretical and practical) in the mystical literature, with a critical reading of key texts. The major themes in theoretical mysticism are taught from the renowned works of Jalal al-Din al-Rumi and Ibn ‘Arabi, and practical ‘Irfan from Abu Nasr ‘Abdullah bin ‘Ali al-Siraj al-Tusi’s al-Luma’a fi Tarikh al-Tasawwuf al-Islami.