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 individu-al quiet time.

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,” http://www.illuminatedtours.com for people of all faiths.

Registration will begin June 25, 2019.

Single Accommodation:  $320; Double Occupancy:  $280/person

Commuter fee:  $200
(Includes program and Friday dinner, Saturday lunch)

Optional extended retreat time Saturday evening, to Sunday, October 26, 10 a.m. $115/person

Sessions:  1
Dates:  10/25/2019 to 10/26/2019
Instructor:  Omid Safi
Fees: 
$320.00   (Single Accommodation)
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