Death and Dying in Islam
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Tariq Jaffer (Section 01)
In this course we will explore the many and diverse ways that the Islamic religious tradition has made sense of a fundamental and universal concern: death. We will attempt to understand the complexity of this theme by studying Islamic texts that provide insight into a range of issues, including the fear of death; the creation of the universe and the end times (apocalypse); the nature of God’s justice (theodicy) and retribution; the soul’s salvation (soteriology); rituals surrounding the dead—funerary rites, tomb visitation, and the veneration of the dead—all of which form part of Islamic ritual and practice. Through periodic comparative work, we will see how these topics are understood by other religious traditions.
Fall semester. Professor Jaffer.
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