Dervishes, Saints and Other Holy Fools


Introduction to the history, distinctive doctrines, institutions, controversies, and influences of Orthodox Christianity and Islam in Russia, Central Asia and the Caucasus, including issues related to identity formation, ideology and difference in religious discourse. Particular attention will be paid to the relationship of religious identity to other identity terms (tribal, clan, nation, state), to the different subjectivities made possible by differing ideologies and world views, and to the instrumental and ethical dimensions of identity claims, religious functions of monasticism and Sufi brotherhood, and explorations of the influence of both Orthodoxy and Islam on arts and literature. One course.

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Islamic Studies

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