January 6, 2005
Omid Safi and Seemi Bushra Ghazi —
The Spirit of Islam

We experience the religious thought and the spiritual vitality of two Muslims—male and female—both American and both with roots in ancient Islamic cultural, intellectual, and spiritual traditions. Their stories and ideas, music, and readings, evoke a sense of the richness of global Islamic spirituality and of some of its hidden nuances and beauty. They reveal how sound, music, and especially poetry offer a window onto the subtleties and humanity of Islamic religious experience.

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is Associate Professor of Islamic Studies at Colgate University, co-Chair of the Study of Islam Section at the American Academy of Religion, and editor of Progressive Muslims.

Seemi Bushra Ghazi

is a lecturer at the University of British Columbia, musician, and non-clerical reciter of the Qur'an.

Pertinent Posts

Metaphors of light and reflection abound. But what about the metaphors of mirror and mirroring. Omid Safi holds that image with palms up and open.

Selected Recordings

The Sound of Suras

The following passages are all recited by Seemi Bushra Ghazi and were excerpted from the CD included with Michael Sells' book, Approaching the Qur'an.

Selected Poems

The Reed Flute's Song

by Jalalu'ddin Rumi, excerpted from Coleman Barks' translation in The Essential Rumi

Selected Readings

Ramadan, Date Omelets, and Global Compassion

Ramadan was simpler in my childhood: It was about date omelets.

About the Image

The dome of the Aya Sofia in Istanbul, Turkey.

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