This module is based on the subject of devotional and ethical literature in Muslim societies. Through an examination of a range of texts across changing periods and contexts, from the formative age of Islam to contemporary times, students are led to explore the diversity and richness of literature that has developed in Muslim societies over time. Examples from a wide variety of literary forms and genres are used as illustrations to reveal the creative application of language in Muslim writings, including Ismaili contributions, in diverse contexts and cultures.
The anthological content in this volume highlights selections from the Qur’an and the hadith, passages from works attributed to the early Shia Imams, and excerpts from the writings and speechesof the contemporary Imams. Also presented here are exemplary pieces of literature from religious texts, historical biographies, moral fables, mystical poetry and devotional hymns. Drawing from diverse Muslim sources, and particularly Shia and Ismaili literature, the contents as a whole yield insight into the creative ways in which religious, devotional, spiritual and ethical themes have found inspiring expressions in Islam.