RELST 4304

RELST 4304

Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2015-2016.

This seminar investigates the nexus of music, poetry, cosmology, and iconography in medieval Arabo-Persian culture from, roughly, the Sāmānids (ninth/tenth century) to the Safavids (sixteenth/seventeenth century). Topics include the valuation of music and musicians in Persian court culture (as filtered through the lenses of court poetry, illuminated manuscripts, and travelogues), musical metaphor and ritual in medieval Persian Sufism, and the development of "spiritual audition" (samā'/sema) in its expansion across Central Asia. These topics will be situated within the broader framework of contemporaneous debates about the morality of listening within Islam. No knowledge of Arabic or Persian required.

When Offered Spring.

Breadth Requirement (GHB)
Distribution Category (HA-AS)

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  • 16995RELST 4304  SEM 101