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Coleman Barks and Omid Safi: Introducing Rumi to the West

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Coleman Barks and Omid Safi are two giants in Sufi teaching, study and research. They promote the key tenets of Sufism, namely fully embracing God’s divine presence and perpetual introspection. A poet himself, Barks is considered to have successfully introduced Persian poet and Sufi prophet Rumi to Westerners. Safi is a professor of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at Duke University, serving as its director of the Islamic Studies Center. He is an acclaimed author himself and enthusiastic teacher of Rumi and Sufism. Coleman and Safi tell Sara Jamshidi how Rumi has reshaped our understanding of Islam and Sufism in the West.


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Coleman Barks

Coleman’s website

Rumi: The Book of Love: Poems of Ecstasy and Longing

Rumi: Bridge to the Soul: Journeys into the Music and Silence of the Heart

Books by Coleman Barks

New Yorker article on Coleman: The Erasure of Islam from the Poetry of Rumi

Georgia Writers Hall of Fame Honoree, Coleman Barks


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Omid Safi

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Illuminated Courses

Omid Safi – Duke University

Progressive Muslims: On Justice, Gender and Pluralism (book)

On the “Path of Love” Towards the Divine (article) 

Radical Love: Teachings from the Islamic Mystical Tradition (book)





Interview with Coleman Barks and Omid Safi for Peacemindedly Podcast


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