REL 174 - THE END.
How does the Islamic tradition deal with the end of human life, death of an individual and that of humanity at large? Is there another life after this one? Is there another World-to-Come? We will explore Islamic perspectives on these questions, learn about Muslim death rituals and burial practices, teachings regarding meaning of death and preparation for it, prophecies about the apocalyptic End and the mission of the Messianic Mahdi, and visions of the World-to-Come. Various messianic movements in Islamic history and contemporary times and ethical, aesthetic and mystical expressions of these eschatological ideas will also be considered.
Satisfies a major requirement.
Satisfies the Philosophical and Religious Perspectives requirement.
Satisfies the cultural diversity requirement.
Satisfies Middle Eastern Studies requirement.
Satisfies South Asian Studies requirement.
Prerequisites & Notes
Students at all levels welcome.
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