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The IVY Podcast


Jan 6, 2021

We’re very pleased to connect you with Professor Omid Safi, renowned Duke University professor of Islamic studies, for a deeply impactful conversation about timeless lessons we can learn from Rumi and Sufism, with lasting relevance and transformative power in our time.

In this thought-provoking conversation moderated by IVY CEO and YPO Metro NY Chapter Chair Beri Meric, Safi will guide us through Sufism’s tradition of “radical love”--love for the divine and for our fellow humans--and how it can serve us in challenging times. Safi will relate how Rumi’s wisdom on selflessness, standing with those that are suffering, and learning to accept the more painful parts of life rather than trying in vain to escape them can be a healing, guiding force. In our discussion, Safi will draw from his fascinating work linking the American Civil rights Movement and Rumi’s teachings--two traditions that he believes uniquely bind love and justice.

A deeply respected scholar who has delivered the keynote for the annual Martin Luther King commemoration at the National Civil Rights Museum, Safi grew up in Iran and the American South. He is a nationally sought-after speaker on the teachings of Muslim mystics, or Sufis, and the poet Rumi. This will be a wonderful opportunity to reflect and find opportunities for deeper meaning in our daily lives.