Our next Thoughtful Thursday conversation on March 21 at 7:00 PM via Zoom will feature a conversation with special guest Dr. Omid Safi, an Iranian-American Professor of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at Duke University.
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We will begin our gathering by sharing a recording of a video interview Dr. Safi gave recently on the Israel and Palestinian aimed at the deepest questions of justice and peace. This video interview is extremely powerful and at times heart-wrenching.
At 8 PM, Dr. Safi will join us for a 30-minute Q&A session.
Some of the topics we might explore:
- Can we move beyond condemnation to envision what “love has to say” at such a time?
- Can honoring each other’s grief allow us to reclaim some humanity?
- Can we speak difficult truths yet keep hoping that reconciliation remains possible?
- Can we respond to this crisis in a way that doesn’t reinforce its architecture?
- Can we respond in a prophetic way — calling for real justice, not just an end to external violence?
- What could a sustainable peace, rooted in justice, look like, given the huge imbalance of power?
Omid Safi is a scholar of the Islamic mystical tradition of Radical Love and serves as a professor of Islamic studies at Duke University. Ten times nominated for Professor of the Year awards, Omid has published extensively on the foundational sources of Islam and Sufism. He has authored Memories of Muhammad and Radical Love: Teachings from the Islamic Mystical Tradition. He has offered the annual Martin Luther King lecture and appeared as an expert on Islam in the New York Times, Newsweek, Washington Post, Al-Jazeera, PBS, NPR, NBC, BBC and CNN.