Radical Love: The Legacy of the Prophetic Traditions
with Omid Safi, Ph.D.
The Islamic faith frequently appears in today’s headlines and is often associated with violence. Yet, Omid Safi offers us a radically different perspective of the Islamic tradition through his new book, Radical Love – Teachings from the Islamic Mystical Tradition. In his collection of love poetry and mystical teachings from the heart of the Islamic tradition, he unites for the first time passages of the Qur’an embraced by the Muslim sages, the mystical sayings of the Prophet, and the teachings of “Divine Love” as exemplified through masters of love such as Rumi, Hafez, and Attar.
In Omid’s own words, “Nowadays when we speak about love, we almost exclusively refer to romantic love. For our mystics, however, love is nothing short of the very unleashing of God on Earth. This love is a purifying fire that burns away selfishness, greed, anger, and leaves behind nothing but God.”
The retreat seeks to put love into daily practice and is for seekers of all faith backgrounds. In addition to diving into the teachings of love mystics, we will also explore how these teachings of radical love lead us to take bold and firm stances for justice as embodied by the lessons of Rev. Martin Luther King, Rabbi Abraham J. Heschel and Malcolm X. We will question how the prophetic tradition speaks to us today. For instance, how do we have dialogue and solidarity with one another in an age of bluster, divisiveness and incivility? Where do we find not just our common ground, but a higher ground? The weekend will include presentations, reflective conversation and individual quiet time.
Additionally, there will be a book signing during the retreat. His new and other titles are available in the Mercy by the Sea bookstore and on Amazon Smile.
Omid Safi is Professor of Islamic Studies at Duke University specializing in contemporary Islamic thought and spirituality. He is a lead-ing Muslim public intellectual who is committed to the intersection of spirituality and social justice. 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. Omid is the editor of 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 Memories of Muhammad is an award-winning biography of the Prophet Muhammad. His most recent book is Radical Love: Teachings from the Islamic Mystical Tradition published by Yale University Press. Omid often appears as an expert on Islam in the New York Times, Newsweek, Washington Post, PBS, NPR, NBC, BBC, CNN and beyond. He is a recent columnist for On Being and has a podcast at Be Here Now. He leads a spiritually oriented adult tour to Turkey and Morocco, Illuminated Tours, for people of all faiths.
The program will run from Friday, October 25 to Sunday, October 27. Cost for a single room is $390; double occupancy rooms are $325 per person. When registering please indicate with whom you will be sharing the room. Commuters are also welcome. The commuter fee is $225 and includes the program plus Friday dinner and Saturday lunch and dinner.
|Dates:||10/25/2019 to 10/27/2019|