Rumi and the Path of Divine Love Tradition in Islam CourseCatalog/images/new.gif

with Omid Safi

Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī, also known as Rumi, was a 13th-century Persian Sunni Muslim poet, jurist, Islamic scholar, theologian and Sufi mystic. Rumi is widely considered the greatest mystical poet in history. His path is one that brings a deep and passionate divine love to mingle with humanity. After the Qur'an, no other text has been so frequently copied and studied in Muslim majority societies.

More recently, his poetry has also become the best-selling poetry in America. During this retreat, we will look at Rumi as an example of Islamic mystical poetry in a way that challenges many of our commonly held ideas about Islam and Muslims. In particular, we will look at his masterpiece, the Masnavi, as a mystical text that charts a path from brokenness and suffering through the path of erotic Divine love to arrive at healing and realization as a full human being. No previous familiarity is necessary, only an open heart.

The weekend will include presentations, conversations and time for individual reflection to enjoy the spring beauty of the gardens and shoreline. 

Friday, April 21, 2017, 5:30 pm to Saturday April 22, 2017, 4 p.m.; optional extended retreat to Sunday, April 23, 2017, 10 a.m.

Optional Saturday Evening Gathering
While the retreat ends at 4 p.m. on Saturday, there is an option for both commuters and overnight retreatants to stay for dinner and an informal evening gathering with Omid on Saturday; guests may also stay the evening and end their retreat after breakfast on Sunday.

For the retreat only: single occupancy is $300; double occupancy, $265/per person. These fees include the program, overnight accommodations with private bath, and all meals from dinner Friday evening through lunch on Saturday.

The cost with option for extended overnight retreat is $415 for single occupancy; $350/per person for double occupancy (includes program, overnight accommodations with private bath, and all meals through Sunday breakfast).

The commuter fee is $185, which includes the program with dinner on Friday and lunch on Saturday.  

If you intend to stay for the Saturday evening gathering, please add $20, for both the gathering and dinner.

(Limited scholarships are available. Please inquire during registration.)

Omid Safi is a leading Muslim public intellectual and Director of the Duke Islamic Studies Center, one of the leading institutions for research on Islam and promotion of publically accessible scholarship on Islam and Muslim communities worldwide. He is a professor of Islamic Studies, and specializes in contemporary Islamic thought and spirituality. 

Omid is also the Chair of the Islamic Mysticism group at the American Academy of Religion, the largest international organization devoted to the academic study of religion. Omid is the editor of the volume Progressive Muslims: On Justice, Gender and Pluralism, in which he inaugurated a new understanding of Islam that is rooted in social justice, gender equality and religious/ethnic pluralism. 

His work, Politics of Knowledge in Premodern Islam, dealing with medieval Islamic history and politics, was published in 2006. His Memories of Muhammad is an award-winning biography of the Prophet Muhammad. He has a forthcoming volume from Princeton University Press on Rumi. The Carnegie Foundation recognized Omid as a leading Scholar of Islam in 2007-2008.

Omid has been among the most frequently sought speakers on Islam in popular media, appearing frequently in The New York Times, Newsweek, Washington Post, PBS, NPR, NBC, BBC, CNN and international media. He regularly blogs at On Being.

Sessions:  1
Dates:  4/21/2017 to 4/22/2017
Instructor:  Omid Safi
$300.00   (Per Person Registration - Single Occupancy)
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