Rumi and the Path of Radical Love

Keynote Lecture

Rumi and the Path of Radical Love

Date: Sunday, October 1, 2023, 2 pm
Price: $40 Regular | $36 Friends | $30 Students and Seniors
Tickets include same-day Museum admission.

All too often, Rumi is presented as a unique figure in the history of Sufism, floating above time and space to dispense wisdom to us. In this exhibition keynote lecture, co-presented by the Elahé Omidyar Mir-Djalali Institute of Iranian Studies at the University of Toronto, Dr. Omid Safi situates Rumi at the peak of the Islamic mystical tradition of Radical Love while emphasizing that he was neither the first nor the only figure in this tradition. Join Dr. Safi as he explores the impulses that led up to Rumi through an examination of Rumi’s masterpiece, the Masnavi. Rather than looking at it as a compilation of random stories, Safi will approach the Masnavi as a path that Rumi sets before us in order to journey from brokenness to healing and illumination.


This lecture will feature musical performances by vocalist Fariba Davodi and nay instrumentalist Eshagh Chegini. Attendees can also enjoy a reception with light refreshments following the lecture. 


About Dr. Omid Safi


Dr. Omid Safi is an award-winning scholar of Rumi and the Sufi path of Radical Love and a professor of Islamic Studies at Duke University. 


Dr. Safi has published several books, including Memories of Muhammad, a biography of the Prophet Muhammad, and his most recent book, Radical Love: Teachings from the Islamic Mystical Tradition. His following two books are forthcoming from Princeton and Yale on Rumi and the Sufi sage Kharaqani.


His podcast, Sufi Heart, draws primarily on the wisdom of the Islamic tradition as well as the legacies of the Civil Rights movements and other wisdom teachings to meditate on the transformative power of love and the necessity of linking healing our own hearts with healing the world. His Illuminated Tours have taken 1,200 friends from over twenty countries to Turkey, Morocco, and Umrah, and he teaches online courses on Rumi and Sufism through Illuminated Courses.


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