Ali Hussain is a doctoral candidate in Islamic studies at the University of Michigan, Department of Near Eastern Studies. His... moreAli Hussain is a doctoral candidate in Islamic studies at the University of Michigan, Department of Near Eastern Studies. His research focuses on the sacred body of ʿIsa b. Maryam (Jesus son of Mary), may God’s benedictions be upon him, in Islamic mysticism (taṣawwuf); specifically the thought and writings of the 13th century Muslim saint Muhyi al-Din Ibn al-ʿArabi (1165-1240).
Description: The traditional Muslim understanding of the God’s relationship with the cosmos (universe) is drastically different than its modern Western counterpart that developed as a result of the Enlightenment and Industrialization. Unfortunately, much of the contemporary Muslim understanding of the universe and God’s interaction with His creation has been influenced by this Western scholastic thought.
In this course, we will cover the basics of Islamic epistemology (discipline pertaining to knowledge) and ontology (discipline pertaining to being and existence) as the ancient/pre-modern Muslims understood God’s relationship with the universe. This will also involve revisiting the lofty status and rank of the beloved of God, our master the Prophet Muhammad, may God’s benedictions be upon him and his family, in lieu of this traditional cosmology. Lastly, we will also discuss the importance of teaching and understanding this view of the universe to our families and communities in the context of modern issues facing Muslims and the world. less