MIN 405 – Islamic Mysticism



• Foundations of Islamic Mysticism in the Qur’an and Hadith
• Early teachings of Ahl al-Bayt (as)
• Qur’anic exegeses and the development of mystical language.
• Baghdad School and asceticism
• Khorasan and the mysticism of love
• Isma’ili bātinī teachings
• Al-Ghazzali’s reforms
• Ishraqi School of Shihab al-Din Suhrawardi
• Ibn ‘Arabi and his influence
• The proliferation of Sufi tarīqas
• Poetry: Hafez, Jalal al-Din Rumi
• Perennialists: European Muslims in search of Tradition
• Contemporary Islamic spirituality and the West

Learning, Teaching and Assessment Strategy

Assessment Modes
Individual coursework of 3500 words demonstrating ability to debate and explore ideas.

Assessment Weighting
Individual coursework: 100%

Learning materials

Core readings
As-Sadiq, J.I.M. (2007). Lantern of the Path. Translated from Arabic by F. Haeri. Qum: Ansariyan Publications.
Burckhardt, T. (2008). An Introduction to Sufi Doctrine. Bloomington: World Wisdom Inc.
Chittick, W.C. (2000). Sufism: A Short Introduction. Oxford: Oneworld.
Chittick, C. William. (1984) Sufi Path of Love: Spiritual Teachings of Rumi. New York: State University of New York Press.
Knysh, A. (2000). Islamic Mysticism: A Short History. Leiden: Brill.
Nasr, S.H. (1991). Sufi Essays. Chicago: ABC International Group Inc.
Nasr, S. H. ed. (1991) Islamic Spirituality Manifestations. SCM Press Ltd.
Safavi, G.S. ed. (2009). Sufism (‘Irfan). London: London Academy of Iranian Studies Press.
Sells, M. (1995). Early Islamic Mysticism. New Jersey: Paulist Press.
Sina, A.I. (1996). Ibn Sina and Mysticism: Remarks and Admonitions, Part Four. Translated from Arabic by S. Inati. London: Kegan Paul International.
Schimmel, A. (1975) Mystical Dimensions of Islam. The University of North Carolina Press.
Tabatabai, S.M.H. (2002). Kernel of the Kernel: Concerning the Wayfaring and Spiritual Journey of the People of Intellect. Albany: State University of New York Press.