Islamic Scholar: 'What Would Dr. King Say?'
Omid Safi, a leading Islamic scholar whose research interests include progressive Islamic thought, social and intellectual history of premodern Islam, and Islamic mysticism, will give a public talk at Alma College.
Safi presents “What Would Dr. King Say to America Today?” at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25 in the Alma College Chapel. Admission is free and open to the public.
A professor of religious studies at the University of North Carolina, Safi has led the Study of Islam Section at the American Academy of Religion for the past seven years. He is the author of Memories of Muhammad: Why the Prophet Matters (2009) and Politics of Knowledge in Premodern Islam (2006). In addition, he edited the Progressive Muslims: On Gender, Justice and Pluralism collection (2003).
“Dr. Safi is a leading thinker on the interactions of the world’s religions,” says Alma College President Jeff Abernathy, who has heard Safi speak in the past. “I am pleased that Alma students and faculty as well as community members will have the opportunity to hear his presentation.”
In addition to his public talk, Safi will lead a student forum on “Justice and Love in Contemporary Islam” at 4 p.m. Oct. 25 in the Swanson Academic Center Room 113. All are welcome.
Safi has bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees from Duke University.
Posted: Wed, October 17th, 2012 at 8:34AM