Omid Safi, PhD Islamic Studies scholar
Omid Safi is a teacher in the Sufi tradition of Radical Love, exemplified by Rumi, Hafez, and other Muslim sages. A professor of Islamic Studies at Duke University, Omid specializes in contemporary Islamic thought and spirituality. He is a leading Muslim public intellectual who is committed to the intersection of spirituality and social justice. He has been invited by the family of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 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 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.
He often appears as an expert on Islam in the New York Times, Newsweek, Washington Post, PBS, NPR, NBC, BBC, CNN, and other outlets. He is a columnist for On Being, and a podcast host for Be Here Now Network. He leads spiritually-oriented tours to Turkey and Morocco through Illuminated Tours, a travel group of his own creation open to people of all faith backgrounds.