March 15, 2019—March 17, 2019
Omid Safi: Rumi and the Path of Radical Love
The face of the Islamic tradition we most often see usually has something to do with violence and women’s oppression. Far fewer are the opportunities for us to dive deep into the heart of the Islamic tradition as a tradition of love and tenderness, justice and mercy. This retreat offers participants, Muslims, and friends from all faith traditions a chance to do exactly that.
Rumi is well-known as the best-selling poet in the English language, but far less known are the luminous mystics whose path of radical love paved the way for him. This retreat offers participants the opportunity to go deep into Rumi’s teachings of love as a redemptive and transformative divine force, as well as the teachings of the Path of Radical Love that paved the way for him.
The retreat will include a study of Rumi’s masterpiece, the Masnavi, which is often considered the greatest mystical text in the Islamic tradition. The heart of the teachings chart how Rumi’s poetry is in reality a journey from the state of brokenness to healing, from feeling cut off and isolated from God to that of reconciliation inside our own selves and with others we hold in enmity to form a Beloved Community.
The teachings of the path of Radical Love will form the second part of this retreat. We will study the tradition of love as one that conceives of love not as an emotion, not as a feeling, but rather as an eruption of God’s own being that brings us into this world, sustains us here, and will deliver us back home.
Omid Safi is a scholar of the Sufi path, and a leading Muslim public intellectual. He is the Director of the Duke Islamic Studies Center, and specializes in the study of Islamic mysticism and contemporary Islam. Omid writes on liberationist traditions of Dr. King, Malcolm X, and is committed to spiritual traditions that link together love and justice. Omid was recently invited by the family of Dr. Martin Luther King to speak from Ebenezer Church in Atlanta during the national MLK Celebration, and again asked to speak at the National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel as part of the 50th annual commemoration for Dr. King.
Omid is the past chair for the Study of Islam at the American Academy of Religion. He has written many books, including Progressive Muslims: On Justice, Gender, and Pluralism; Cambridge Companion to American Islam; Politics of Knowledge in Premodern Islam; and Memories of Muhammad. His most recent book is Radical Love: Teachings from the Islamic Mystical Traditions, which has just been published by Yale University Press.
Omid is among the most frequently sought out speakers on Islam in popular media, appearing in The New York Times, Newsweek, Washington Post, PBS, NPR, NBC, CNN, and other international media. He leads a summer program focused on diverse religious traditions in Turkey and Morocco, called Illuminated Tours. All of the participants in our program are welcome to take part in Illuminated Tours.
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