Undergraduate Module Descriptor

ARA2145: Sufism and Islamic Devotional Life

This module descriptor refers to the 2016/7 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Whilst the module's precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will cover some or all of the following topics:

Week 1: Sacred Sources of Islamic spirituality: the Prophet Muhammad

Week 2: Early Sufi Doctrine and Mystical Theology (8-9th centuries)

Week 3: Junayd and the School of Baghdad

Week 4: Mansur Hallaj. The School of Khurasan

Week 5: Classical Sufism and its Institutions

Weeks 6-7: Devotional & Contemplative Disciplines of Sufism.

Weeks 8-9: Abu Hamid al-Ghazali and the 12-13th century revival of Sufism

Weeks 10-11: Rumi: Life, Works & Legacy. Ibn ‘Arabi: Life, Works & Legacy.

Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching activity 22Weekly 2-hour class sessions
Guided Independent study128Students will read texts/articles and prepare answers for pre-assigned study questions for in-class discussions of the readings for every class. Reading and research (68) hours, preparation for assignments and presentations (30), examination preparation (30)

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).

 ELE – http://vle.exeter.ac.uk/