Sufism – often referred to as Islamic mysticism - is one of the major traditions of asceticism, piety, and scholarship that has evolved in the lands shaped by Muslim rule and/or the practice of Islam. It is also a key nexus for European intellectual life and the Islamic world, inspiring curiosity as well as revulsion and forming one of the most enticing exotic elements of Islam for western intellectuals. This course will examine Sufi traditions with a focus on the social, material, and political aspects of Sufi orders. Emphasis will be placed on the modern and early modern periods and the question of what role trends in global history and everyday history play in our understanding of the topic. Students will gain an understanding of the history of scholarship in the field as well examine significant recent contributions to the literature.