Omid Safi is currently a professor at Duke University specializing in Islamic spirituality and contemporary thought. He served as the Director of Duke Islamic Studies Center from July 2014 to June 2019, was a columnist for On Being, and has a podcast (“Sufi Heart”) at Be Here Now. Dr. Safi also offers online courses on Rumi’s poetry and teachings, the legacies of Martin Luther King Jr. & Malcom X, understanding the Qur’an, and the lives and teachings of Muslim sages through Illuminated Courses. Dr. Safi frequently writes on the liberationist traditions of Dr. King, Rabbi Heschel, and Malcolm X, and is committed to traditions that link together love and justice.
Dr. Safi has served on the board of the Pluralism project at Harvard University and served as the co-chair of the steering committee for the Study of Islam and the Islamic Mysticism Group at the American Academy of Religion. He has written many books and is among the most frequently sought out speakers on Islam in popular media, appearing in The New York Times, Newsweek, The Washington Post, PBS, NPR, NBC, CNN, and other international media. He leads spiritual tours every year to Turkey, Morocco, and other countries to study their rich multiple religious traditions.
- A unique merging of the aesthetic, intellectual, and spiritual
- Commitment to the intersection of spirituality and social justice
- Insights into liberationist prophetic traditions