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Rumi and the Path of Radical Love

Broadcast on June 28, 2023
With Omid Safi
Hosted by Taya Mâ Shere

Rumi is one of the most beloved mystics worldwide, and his work brings us ever more deeply into the heart of love. Join scholar, author, and Sufi teacher Omid Safi as he explores Radical Love as rooted in the teachings of Rumi and the Islamic tradition, and reaching out to seekers across faith traditions today.  

In this session, you’ll discover:

  • Depth teachings from Rumi's poetry
  •  Radical love — not as IN God but AS God
  • The wisdom of presence as a pathway to the sacred
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Omid Safi

Teacher in the Sufi Path of Radical Love and Founder, Illuminated Courses & Tours

Omid Safi is a teacher in the Sufi Tradition of Radical Love, and is the founder of Illuminated Courses & Tours. His passion for teaching has been recognized in the ten times that he's been nominated for Professor of the Year awards. He's a professor at Duke University specializing in Islamic spirituality and contemporary thought. A leading Muslim public intellectual, Omid is committed to the intersection of spirituality and social justice. He's published extensively on the foundational sources of Islam and Sufism. His Memories of Muhammad is a biography of the Prophet Muhammad. His most recent book is Radical Love: Teachings From the Islamic Mystical TraditionOmid's also deeply committed to liberationist prophetic traditions in the legacy of Martin Luther King, Rabbi Heschel, and Malcolm X. He has been invited by the family of Dr. King to speak at Ebenezer Church on the relevance of Dr. King for today’s America, and has delivered the Martin Luther King keynote for the annual national MLK service.   

Omid often appears as an expert on Islam in The New York Times, Newsweek, Washington Post, PBS, NPR, NBC, BBC, CNN, and other outlets. He's a recent columnist for On Being, and now has a podcast Sufi Heart at Be Here Now. His Illuminated Tours have taken more than 1,000 friends from over twenty countries to Turkey and Morocco since 2002, and he is now offering Illuminated Courses for online offerings on spiritual traditions open to seekers of all backgrounds.

Omid Safi