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2024 Fall > UGRD > RELSTY > RELSTY 312

Mysticism

Course #: RELSTY 312

Description:
Mystics claim to encounter the divine in ways that push the limits of ordinary human experience. This course introduces students to the major themes, practices, and ideas of mysticism. Mysticism highlights a tension between the need for concrete rules, institutions, practices, and doctrine, and a conviction that there is something beyond what can be quantified and contained. Mystics need limits in order to cross them. How to make those limits and cross them is, therefore, central to our study. This course asks: What practices allow people to touch what is beyond words? How do intense, personal experiences relate to and depend on communal and institutional religion? Why is it important to talk about what cannot be said? How does mysticism challenge or strengthen authority, especially around questions of gender and sexuality? How have traditional religious practices been transformed in modern attempts at transcendence:
Pre Requisites:
Pre-requisite: Sophomore standing

Section Class Number Schedule/Time Instructor Location
01 9791 TuTh
9:30 - 10:45 am
Motia,Michael Ali University Hall Y04-4120
Session: Regular
Class Dates: 09/03/2024 - 12/13/2024
Capacity: 30
Enrolled: 12
Status: Open
Credits: 3/3
Class Notes:
Pre Requisites: Pre-requisite: Sophomore standing
Course Attributes: International, Humanities