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Mysticism

This course introduces students to key historical figures and themes within the study of Islamic mysticism, familiarising them with key concepts and foundational texts of Islamic spirituality. From the second-year students study Ibn Sina’s al-Ishārāt wa-l-tanbīhāt and its commentary by Naṣīr al-Dīn al-Ṭūsī, giving them an appreciation of the affinity between philosophy and mysticism. In the third and fourth years, a technical study of Dāwūd al-Qayṣarī’s masterpiece, Muqaddima is undertake providing a discursive introduction to the thought of Ibn ʿArabī.