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September 2018

Wednesdays at the Center: “Radical Love: Teachings from the Islamic Mystical Tradition” with Professor Omid Safi (Duke University)

September 26, 2018 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
John Hope Franklin Center Durham, NC United States + Google Map

Dr. Omid Safi will highlight his new book, Radical Love: Teachings from the Islamic Mystical Tradition (Yale University Press, 2018). The collection brings together sayings from the Qur’an, Hadith and Hadith Qudsi, the poetry of Rumi, Sa’di, Hafez, and stories from ‘Attar, Abu Sa‘id-e Abi ‘l-Khayr, Kharaqani, Sulami, and others. Dr. Safi hopes Radical Love anthologizes Sufi poetry in a way that is both faithful to the original and poetic in translation. Omid Safi is the Director of the Duke Islamic Studies…

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October 2018

Book Reading with Visiting Writers Ruth Awad and Shadab Zeest Hasmi

October 20, 2018 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Carrboro Carrboro, NC United States + Google Map

Visiting Writers Ruth Awad (Lebanese-American) and Shadab Zeest Hasmi (Pakistani-American) will be reading from their works on Saturday, October 20 at 6:00 pm at the Century Center in downtown Carrboro.  They will be joined by Fatima Abdullah, the daughter of Palestinian and Chilean immigrants. Ruth Awad is an award-winning Lebanese-American poet whose debut poetry collection Set to Music a Wildfire (Southern Indiana Review Press 2017) won the 2016 Michael Waters Poetry Prize and the 2018 Ohioana Book Award for Poetry. She is the…

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Literature Workshop with Visiting Writers Ruth Awad and Shadab Zeest Hasmi

October 21, 2018 | 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States + Google Map

Writing About Violence by Ruth Awad: When we look out at the world today, it is natural that we will inevitably write about violence and trauma. How do we handle these subjects without being a misery tourist, without adding to the violence by glamorizing or beautifying it? How can we write about violence without inadvertently contributing to it? Ruth Awad is an award-winning Lebanese-American poet whose debut poetry collection Set to Music a Wildfire (Southern Indiana Review Press 2017) won the 2016 Michael Waters Poetry Prize…

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