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In this subject the students explore the Sufi Way as the spiritual dimension of Islam, its roots and philosophical meaning, and the factors which led to its emergence, its seeming conflict and reconciliation with the views of the Orthodox scholars, its socio-political dimensions as a popular religious trend, and such Sufi practices as chanting, meditation and dance-like rituals. It also explores the various Sufi brotherhoods, and analyses the relevance of the Sufi dimension of Islam to contemporary society.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- Understand Sufism, its genesis, development and practices in the Muslim world, as the spiritual dimension of Islam, which is different from other traditions within this religion;
- grasp the salient features and practices of Sufi individuals and orders, such as chanting, meditation and dance-like rituals to attain purity and get into trance. To understand the relevance of Sufism and its socio-political role in the modern world.
- work effectively both independently and in groups on the arguments and ideas of these key intellectuals, gain effective oral and written communication skills, anaylse their ideas critically and develop research skills in examining them.
Last updated: 22 November 2023