RELIGIOUS STUDIES 881, fall 2009
Topic: Persian Mystical and Philosophical Texts
Instructor: Carl W.
This course involves close and careful study of selected Persian texts on mysticism and philosophy. Each week students prepare selected passages, read them aloud with correct vocalization, and translate orally into English.
This is designed to be advanced training in reading Persian literary texts, with considerable emphasis on Sufi themes and terminology.
Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-12:45 p.m., 3024 FedEx Global Education Center
Advanced knowledge of Persian and Arabic, and permission of instructor.
The basic goals of the course are:
Gaining linguistic skill in reading and translating classical Persian literary and religious texts.
Understanding problems related to the study of Islamic culture, and methods of the study of classical Persian and Arabic texts.
Developing analytical skills through a research paper on a subject of one's choice related to mysticism and philosophy.
Developing translation skills, including English translation of significant Persian passages relating to one's research.
A research paper on some aspect of Islamic culture related to the major text we are reading (15 pages plus bibliography), accompanied by translations of Persian or Arabic texts that provide the basis for the paper (4-5 pages of original language text). 70% of grade.
Participation in weekly seminars with preparation. 30% of grade.
Majmu`a-yi musannafat-i Shaykh-i Ishraq, ed. Sayyid Husain Nasr. Full text available here.Mobad Shah [Kaykhusraw Isfandiyar, attr.]. Dabistan-i madhahib, ed. Rahim Riza-Zadah Malik. Tehran: Tuhuri, 1362. Selections available here.
`Abd al-Haqq Muhaddith Dihlawi al-Bukhari. Akhbar al-akhyar fi asrar al-abrar, ed. `Alim Ashraf Khan. Tehran: Anjuman-i Athar o Mafakhar-i Farhangi, 1383. Selections available here.
Dihkhoda, `Ali Akbar, ed. Lughat-nama. Online searchable version here.
Steingass, Francis Joseph. A Comprehensive Persian-English dictionary, including the Arabic words and phrases to be met with in Persian literature. London: Routledge & K. Paul, 1892 (frequently reprinted). Online version available here.
Aug. 26. Ansari, Munajat
Sept. 2. Ansari, Munajat
ساقی اگر بایدت تا کنم اینرا تمام بادۀ گویا بنه بر لب جانان خویش
Oct. 21. `Iraqi, no. 98. Akhbar al-Akhyar, biography of Amir Khusraw.
Oct. 28. Hafiz, no. 143. Akhbar al-Akhyar, biography of Amir Khusraw and following biographies (Abu Bakr Muy-Tab, Shihab al-Din Haqq-Gu, Siraj-i Sukhtah).
Nov. 4. Hafiz, no. 26. Akhbar al-Akhyar, biography of Badi` al-din Shah Madar, Sayyid Yad Allah, `Abd Allah Shattari, Husam al-Din Manikpuri.
Nov. 11. Akhbar al-Akhyar, biography of Mas`ud Bakk plus biographies of Bibi Zulaykha and Bibi Awliya.
Nov. 18. Sa`di, Golistan, introduction. Dabistan, pp. 157 ff. (on yoga)
Nov. 25. Thanksgiving holiday - no class
Dec. 2. Sa`di, Golistan, introduction. Dabistan, pp. 158 ff. (on yoga)
Dec. 7, 6 pm. Research presentations