HYM5260 - Medieval dialogues: reason, mysticism and society
12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL
Postgraduate Faculty of Arts
Leader: Dr Nathan Wolski
Clayton Second semester 2008 (Day)
This unit examines the intellectual interaction between Judaism, Christianity and Islam in the medieval period. Focusing mainly on the late twelfth and thirteenth century, the unit revolves around a central religious fault line of the era- reason and rationalism on the one hand, and the mystical quest on the other - and pursues a comparative analysis of the major figures from each of the traditions. Beginning with the rationalists, the course explores the thought of Ibn Rushd, Maimonides and Thomas Aquinas, before moving to a comparative examination of various mystics, such as - Bernard of Clairvaux, Bonaventure, the Zohar, Meister Eckhart, Ibn al-Arabi and Rumi.
On completion of this unit students will be expected to:
Research essay (6000 words): 50%; Seminar paper (1000 words): 15%; Take-home exam (2000 words): 25%; Seminar preparation: 10%.
One 2.5 hour seminar per week