Dr. Omid Safi

Dr. Omid Safi is the Director of the Islamic Studies Center at Duke University and specializes on Islamic mysticism, contemporary Islamic thought, and medieval Islamic history. He became a Pluralism Project affiliate in 2004 while an assistant professor of Islamic Studies at Colgate University. His affiliate project focused on mapping progressive Muslim networks, which included identifying the need to articulate a holistic approach to the tradition that provided intellectual rationale for engaging inclusivist and exclusivist understandings of Islam and for engaging with the legacy of the Prophet. Dr. Safi’s work encouraged collaboration between Muslim intellectuals and scholars in North American and beyond.

Dr. Safi is the editor of the volume Progressive Muslims: On Justice, Gender, and Pluralism (Oxford: Oneworld Publications, 2003). In this volume, he brought together fifteen Muslim scholars and activists to imagine a new understanding of Islam which is rooted in social justice, gender equality, and religious/ethnic pluralism. His work Memories of Muhammad (HarperCollins, 2009) is an award-winning biography of the Prophet Muhammad. He has written over 30 articles and some 75 encyclopedia entries and book reviews and has been featured a number of times on NPR, PBS, and the BBC, and in the New York TimesAl-Jazeera, and other national and international media. Dr. Safi is past chair for the Study of Islam at the American Academy of Religion. He lead a summer program in Turkey focused on the pluralistic religious heritage there, known as Illuminated Tours.

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