Hasidism: Movement, Masters, Teaching

This course explores the history and contemplative approach of Eastern European Hasidism, the mystical/pietistic revival movement that formed in southeastern Poland in the eighteenth century. Topics include contemplative prayer, mystical/charismatic leadership, mystical immanence of the Divine, worship through materiality, devekut (mystical union), minhag (custom), and ecstatic forms of music and dance. Co-requisite: REL529 or equivalent.
Course Number: REL561E
Units: 3.0