Faculty of Arts
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|Faculty||Faculty of Arts|
|Organisational Unit||Centre for Studies In Religion and Theology|
|Offered||Not offered in 2013|
|Coordinator(s)||Professor Constant Mews|
Previously coded HSY3765
This unit explores the ways God is imagined literature of mysticism in a variety of religious and mystical traditions, Jewish (as in the Kabbalah), Islamic (Sufism) and in Christian teaching, the Kabbalah. It will consider how mystical literature and teaching relates to any religious practice, its social function within any religion, and the extent to which it may challenge religious authority, while also drawing its discourse from a religious tradition. There will be opportunity to consider mysticism outside as well as within monotheist tradition. It thus raises questions about the nature of mysticism in its various forms, and its relationship to both rational and poetic thought.
Upon completion of this unit, students will be expected to:
In addition, third level students will have engaged in substantial research into the teachings and implications of at least two major mystical theorists within one or more religious traditions.
Exercise (1000 words): 10%
Class Presentation: 10%
Assignment (2000 words): 50%
In-class test (1500 words): 30%
One 90-minute lecture and one 1-hour tutorial per week
HSY2470, HSY3470, RLT2470, RLT3470, SHS3470, ATS2611