6851001West Asian History (Seminars)

Numbering Code G-LET25 76851 LJ38 Year/Term 2021 ・ First semester
Number of Credits 2 Course Type reading
Target Year Target Student
Language Japanese Day/Period Mon.5
Instructor name TONAGA YASUSHI (Graduate School of Asian and African Area Studies Professor)
Outline and Purpose of the Course When researching Sufism,tariqa,or reverence for wali,one needs to study many genres of documents. In this course, we will read a succession of major documents in these areas.
Course Goals The objective of this lecture is to get the ability to read the Arabic classical texts and to have enough knowledge of how to use the reference books for the reading the texts.
Schedule and Contents For the above research, we will need to deal with various types of materials, such as books about theory, collections of biographies, stories of virtuous acts, records of pilgrimages, chronologies, genealogies, and glossaries. In this course, we will deal with one or two types of materials per year and practice reading them closely.
The following are among the types of documents we may read:
al-Sulami, Collection of Sufi Biographies (descriptions of the lives of notable Sufis)
al-Ghazali, The Revival of the Religious Sciences (a major theoretical work of Sufism)
Abd al-Qahir al-Suhrawardi: Spiritual Etiquette for Seekers of Tasawwuf (rules for practices in Suhrawardi Order)
During the first class session, we will talk about which books we should choose and read.
We will read the text deeply sentence by sentence between the second and fifteenth lectures.
Evaluation Methods and Policy Students will be evaluated on the basis of attendance and class participation.
Course Requirements Knowledge of elementary Arabic grammar
Study outside of Class (preparation and review) Students will need to prepare themselves sufficiently before class. Be sure to confirm citations from the Quran and Hadiths that occur in the reading materials. When poems occur, be sure to research the meter. Also consult not only the dictionaries but also the concordances of Quran and Hadith, dictionaries of place-names, biographical dictionaries, and encyclopedia and glossaries.
Textbooks Textbooks/References Assigned during class.
We will provide them and distribute them in class.
References, etc. Sato Tsugitaka, ed.: Isuramu no rekishi 1 [The History of Islam 1] (Yamakawa Shuppansha, 2010) ISBN: 978-4-634-43141-6 (See Chapter 5: Tonaga Yasushi, “Sufizumu no seiritsu to hatten [The Establishment and Development of Sufism].”)
Kosugi Yasushi, ed.: Isuramu no rekishi 2 [The History of Islam 2] (Yamakawa Shuppansha, 2010) ISBN: 978-4-634-43142-3 (See Chapter 3: Tonaga Yasushi, “Sufi kyodan no kakushin to saisei [Renewal and Revival of Sufi Religious Communities].”)
Yamauchi Masayuki, Otsuka Kazuo, eds.: Isuramu o manabu hito no tameni [For People Studying Islam] (Sekaishisosha, 1993) (See I-4: Tonaga Yasushi, “Sufi to kyodan [Sufi and Religious Communities].” This is out of print, so borrow it from the library.)
Other reference books will be assigned during class.
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