RCCORE 100 - First Year Seminar
Section: 016 Crazy Wisdoms/Paths of Faith: Art, Devotion, and Popular Religion in Islam and Christianity, Medieval to Modern
Term: FA 2010
Subject: RC Core Courses (RCCORE)
Department: LSA Residential College
Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
FYWR
Consent:
With permission of instructor.
Advisory Prerequisites:
SWC Writing Assessment. Only first-year students, including those with sophomore standing, may pre-register for First-Year Seminars. All others need permission of instructor.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

This First-Year Seminar will compare and contrast artistic expressions and devotional practices in Islam and Catholic Christianity at the level, not of sophisticated theology or the culture of the elite, but at the level of popular culture, the common practices and expressions of the people, past and present. The materials of this course will range from the poetry of the early Franciscans and the Sufis, to the popular tales of the crazy imam Nasreddin, to Shi’ite passion plays, to Italian saint’s festivals combining religion and competitive sport. Class discussion and writing assignments based on the outline below, will be supplemented by exercises in research and methodology for the study of popular culture. Students will develop an individual research project within the field for a formal presentation toward the end of the term.

  1. Introduction

    • Islam and the Koran/Medieval Christianity and the New Testament.
    • The religious year: the ritual life of the mosque and of the monastery and cathedral.
    • ‘Rules of engagement’ for the comparative exercise.

      Texts:
      • Introduction to Islam – Zahid Aziz (Ahmadiyya Assoc.)
      • The Koran: A Very Short Introduction – Michael Cook (Oxford)

  2. Songs of Oneness:

    The poems of Francis of Assisi and Jacopo da Todi, with the vita of Francis and the frescoes of the Basilica of San Francesco, Assisi.
    compared to Sufi lyrics: the poems of Yunus Emre, Hafiz, and Rumi, with the DVD, I Was Raw, Cooked, and Then Burned: Dervishes Ceremony (Konya)

    Supplementary Text:
    • Tales of God’s Friends: Islamic Hagiography in Translation, ed. John Renard (Univ. of California)

  3. Crazy Wisdom

    • Select tales of Nasreddin Hoca
    • with The Little Flowers of St. Francis

      Secondary Text:
      • I, Hoca Nasreddin, Never Shall I Die: A Thematic Analysis of Hoca Stories — Basgöz and Boratav

      Sidebars:
      • Carnival before Lent (Pieter Brueghel’s “Battle of Carnival and Lent” and Hans Sachs’ play Fool Surgery (Das Narrenschneiden).
      • Ramadan Nights: Food, Family Celebration, and Karagöz (shadow puppet playscript “The Witches”)

  4. Passion Plays

    Select Ta’zieyh play translations from Lewis Pelly’s The Miracle Play of Hasan and Husain (1879) along with Mohammad Ghaffari’s contemporary versions (“Moses and the Wandering Dervish,” etc.), with the DVD Dress Rehearsal: The Brave Hurr’s Ta’zieh.
    compared with selections from the English Mystery Cycles (esp. Wakefield “Cain and Abel” and “The Buffetting,” and the York “Crucifixion”), and with the contemporary Oberammergau Passion Play, 2000 and 2010.

    Secondary Text:
    • Ta’ziyeh: Ritual and Drama in Iran — Peter Chelkowski

  5. Shrines, Pilgrimages, Religious Festivals Today:

    • Eyüb Sultan and Fatih mosques, Istanbul; Hacibektas; Konya and Rumi’s tomb.
    • Assisi and Gubbio’s Festa di Ceri, Italy; Misteri d’Elx, Elche, Spain.

RCCORE 100 - First Year Seminar
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