Course Date: June 8 – July 27, 2021
Sufism is Islamic mysticism, and the core aspects of Sufism is love and sincerity. Sufism has established a method through which one seeks spiritual and moral education. In “An Introduction to Sufi Psychology: Sufi Characters,” we will explore major Sufi characters such as Waliy and Awliya, Darwish, Salik, Vasil, Mukarrabun, Awtad, Qutb and finally Universal Man. As we will learn in this course, accomplishing spiritual and moral development is not so much a matter of acquiring knowledge, rather it is often a matter of developing an intimate relationship with these moral personalities and characters. Sufi characters are poles (al-Qutb) or pillars (al-Awtad) by which the spiritual world has been sustained. Learning from the spiritual and moral characters of the Sufi tradition are crucial for those individuals who wish to develop a healthy inner world, nourish their soul, and purify their heart. In this course we are going to explore the Sufi characters as the exemplars of our own spiritual journey.
The primary objective of this course is to make the students familiar with Sufi characters. Furthermore, this course also aims to develop an understanding that morality and spirituality are essential ingredients for not only one’s personal moral self-cultivation but also for the betterment of our social structures. Lastly, it aims to show the strong correlation between attaining a virtuous life and possessing a good personality which could be better established by familiarizing oneself with Sufi characters.
He was born in Turkey, educated in Turkey and England. Received MA degree at Kings College London in 1990 and PhD degree at Lancaster University in England in 1995. He has published scholarly articles and books both in English and Turkish. His main interest includes the issue of religious pluralism, inter-religious dialogue, İslam and modernity and perennial philosophy. He worked in various universities in Turkey. He was the dean of faculty of humanities and social sciences at Süleyman Şah University in Istanbul. He was an adjunct professor at the department of philosophy at Notre Dame University and a faculty associate at Indiana University of South Bend.