Self-Isolation in Islamic Philosophy | Newberry

Self-Isolation in Islamic Philosophy

Led by Laurel Harig-Khan
Saturday, April 17, 2021
Two Sessions, Saturdays, April 17 - April 24

2 - 3:30 pm (Central Time)


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Seminar Description

From turning away from the material world (dunya) to embracing solitude in a spiritual retreat (khalwa), Sufi masters in Islam from the 7th century onwards have counseled their students on the virtues of voluntary self-isolation. In this seminar, we will read poems and philosophical treatises on the meaning of being apart from the world. These bits of wisdom may shed some light on our strange new reality.

Two sessions. Registration – $85

Laurel Harig-Khan teaches courses on the arts, culture, and history of the Arab world. She received a master’s degree from the Divinity School at the University of Chicago and a bachelor’s degree from Bard College. She also studied at SOAS in London and at the American University of Beirut.

Materials List


First Reading:

  • There is no reading assignment for this seminar.

Registration Information

Registration opens at 9 am (CST) on Wednesday, January 13th. Newberry Associates members at the Literati level and above will have access to early registration beginning January 7 at 10am. Learn more about membership benefits and becoming a Newberry Associate.

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