“Come, come, whoever you are,” and join UNC Professor of Religious Studies Omid Safi in exploring the poetry of Rumi, 13th century Persian poet and mystic, through recitation, analysis and music. This presentation is part of the “Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys” project of the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association. The event will take place on Saturday, September 21, from 3-5 pm at Southwest Regional Library, 3605 Shannon Road, Durham.
Professor Safi specializes in Islamic mysticism, contemporary Islamic thought, and medieval Islamic history. His “Introduction to Islamic Civilizations” course fills to capacity regularly. He 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, CNN and international media. He recently has been designated as a lead Islam writer for the Religion News and Huffington Post.