Committee on the Study of Religion

HDS 3045/RELIGION 1804/PERSIAN 108: Persian Sufi Literature

Instructor: Nicholas Boylston

In this course we will explore the major genres of classical Persian Sufi poetry and prose. In addition to examining the formation of these genres and their contexts of composition, we will pursue a range of broader questions, including: What is Sufism, and how do we discern ‘Sufi’ from ‘non-Sufi’ literature? What have the purposes and functions of literature been in Persianate Islamic contexts? What is the relationship between language, realization and experience Is Persian Sufi literature, and how do authors in the Sufi tradition deal with the problem of ineffability? What is the place of love in Persian Sufi literature and how is it conceptualized? And, how do Persian Sufi authors deal with the diversity inherent in human experience?... Read more about HDS 3045/RELIGION 1804/PERSIAN 108: Persian Sufi Literature

2018 Sep 17

Piety and Patienthood in Medieval Islam: a book talk by Professor Ahmed Ragab

6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: 

CGIS South, Room 030, 1730 Cambidge Street, Cambridge, MA, 02138

Professor Ahmed Ragab will discuss his new book, Piety and Patienthood in Medieval Islam

Co-sponsors: The Alwaleed Islamic Studies Program, Science, Religion, and Culture Program at Harvard Divinity School, and Mahindra Humanities Center's seminar on Science, Religion, and Culture

Reception to follow

Free and open to the public... Read more about Piety and Patienthood in Medieval Islam: a book talk by Professor Ahmed Ragab