Topic: The Prophet’s Ascension


1 – Carefully read Abu ‘Abd al-Rahman al-Sulami’s The Subtleties of the Ascensionwhich is a collection of early mystical sayings concerning the Prophet’s ascension(mi‘raj). The translation runs from pages 29-147, and this is the section uponwhich you are meant to focus. The text comes with the translator’s introduction,notes, and explanatory glosses (which accompany the translation in italics). Theseshould be consulted in order to make sense of the ideas presented in the book.

2 – After you have read this book, write an essay which addresses the following

question: What is the significance of the Prophet’s ascension?

3 – In addition to  The Subtleties of the Ascension, you  must also consult thedocuments on resources in Islamic studies, located on the course’s website, inorder to track down materials essential for your research. Essays based solely onThe Subtleties of the Ascension will not be accepted. Thus, although your paperwill offer a close reading and analysis of  The Subtleties of the Ascension, youmust also draw on the vast body of scholarship in Islamic studies in order to helpyou formulate your ideas and substantiate your thesis. Of course, you are expected

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