15 episodes

The Sufi Heart podcast with Omid Safi features teachings and stories about a sacred tradition of love, one that manifests outwardly as justice and inwardly as tenderness.  Drawing primarily on the wisdom of the Islamic tradition as well as the legacies of the Civil Rights movements and other wisdom teachings, Omid invites you to a meditation on the transformative power of love and recalling the necessity of linking healing our own hearts with healing the world. 
Omid Safi is director of Duke University’s Islamic Studies Center. He specializes in the study of Islamic mysticism and contemporary Islam and frequently writes on liberationist traditions of Dr. King, Malcolm X, and is committed to traditions that link together love and justice.
Omid is the past chair for the Study of Islam at the American Academy of Religion. He has written many books, including Progressive Muslims: On Justice, Gender, and Pluralism; Cambridge Companion to American Islam; Politics of Knowledge in Premodern Islam; and Memories of Muhammad. His forthcoming books include Radical Love: Teachings from the Islamic Mystical Traditions and a book on the famed mystic Rumi.
Omid is among the most frequently sought out speakers on Islam in popular media, appearing in The New York Times, Newsweek, Washington Post, PBS, NPR, NBC, CNN, and other international media. He leads spiritual tours every year to Turkey, Morocco, or other countries, to study the rich multiple religious traditions there. The trips are open to everyone, from every country. More information is available at Illuminated Tours.

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The Sufi Heart podcast with Omid Safi features teachings and stories about a sacred tradition of love, one that manifests outwardly as justice and inwardly as tenderness.  Drawing primarily on the wisdom of the Islamic tradition as well as the legacies of the Civil Rights movements and other wisdom teachings, Omid invites you to a meditation on the transformative power of love and recalling the necessity of linking healing our own hearts with healing the world. 
Omid Safi is director of Duke University’s Islamic Studies Center. He specializes in the study of Islamic mysticism and contemporary Islam and frequently writes on liberationist traditions of Dr. King, Malcolm X, and is committed to traditions that link together love and justice.
Omid is the past chair for the Study of Islam at the American Academy of Religion. He has written many books, including Progressive Muslims: On Justice, Gender, and Pluralism; Cambridge Companion to American Islam; Politics of Knowledge in Premodern Islam; and Memories of Muhammad. His forthcoming books include Radical Love: Teachings from the Islamic Mystical Traditions and a book on the famed mystic Rumi.
Omid is among the most frequently sought out speakers on Islam in popular media, appearing in The New York Times, Newsweek, Washington Post, PBS, NPR, NBC, CNN, and other international media. He leads spiritual tours every year to Turkey, Morocco, or other countries, to study the rich multiple religious traditions there. The trips are open to everyone, from every country. More information is available at Illuminated Tours.

    Ep. 15 – Fireside Chats with Rumi: Love, Suffering and Illumination

    Ep. 15 – Fireside Chats with Rumi: Love, Suffering and Illumination

    Dr. Omid Safi begins a series of discussions around the teachings of Rumi that illuminates the path of our spiritual journey.

    • 41 min
    Ep. 14 - Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel

    Ep. 14 - Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel

    Omid Safi offers a look at the life and teachings of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, a civil rights hero who had a passion for serving God and mankind equally.

    Abraham Joshua Heschel (1907-72), was one of the leading Jewish theologians and Jewish philosophers of the 20th century. Internationally known as scholar, author, activist, and theologian. Learn more about Rabbi Heschel's life and teachings at Heschel.org.

    • 46 min
    Ep. 13 – The Conference of the Birds part 2

    Ep. 13 – The Conference of the Birds part 2

    In this episode of the Sufi Heart Podcast, Omid concludes his exploration of the poem “The Conference of the Birds”.

    We look at the themes of Sufi poet Farid ud-Din Attar’s poem which represent our own spiritual journey and relationship with God.

    Be sure to listen to the first part of this story: Ep. 12 – The Conference of the Birds

    • 49 min
    Ep. 12 – The Conference of the Birds

    Ep. 12 – The Conference of the Birds

    In this episode of the Sufi Heart Podcast, Omid shares the celebrated literary masterpiece “The Conference of the Birds” from Sufi poet Farid ud-Din Attar.

    • 42 min
    Ep. 11 - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Message for Today

    Ep. 11 - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Message for Today

    • 45 min
    Ep. 10 – Finding Compassion Amid Chaos

    Ep. 10 – Finding Compassion Amid Chaos

    In the wake of the tragic shootings in Christchurch, New Zealand, Dr. Omid Safi shares a reflection on responding to chaos with compassion and love.

    • 40 min

Customer Reviews

meadi8r ,

Fantastic

I literally shouted in my car after that first story in the first episode! This is really great for those interested in the Sufi path. May the peace and blessings of God be upon Dr Omid and the producers of this podcast! I see there hasn’t been an episode in a while, I hope it is still going on 🤲🏽

Al-Turk ,

Your work is greatly appreciated

Thank you for sharing with us the eloquence, wisdom and compassion of the Sufi traditions. Please continue to do what you do, these profound teachings reach the core of my being🙏🏻

jcjpoet ,

Great podcast

As a person at the intersection of a few different faith traditions but unfamiliar with Sufism, I really appreciate the depth into which this podcast goes and the tenderness with which Omid speaks.

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