Radical Love Teachings from the Islamic Mystical Tradition Omid Safi

Publication date:
10 Jul 2018
Yale University Press
224 pages: 197 x 127mm


At a time when the association of Islam with violence dominates headlines, this beautiful collection offers us a chance to see a radically different face of the Islamic tradition. It traces a soaring, poetic, popular tradition that celebrates love for both humanity and the Divine as the ultimate path leading humanity back to God.
Safi brings together for the first time the passages of the Qur’an sought by the Muslim sages, the mystical sayings of the Prophet, and the teachings of the path of “Divine love.” Accurately and sensitively translated by leading scholar of Islam Omid Safi, the writings of Jalal al-Din Rumi can now be read alongside passages by Kharaqani, ‘Attar, Hafez of Shiraz, Abu Sa‘id-e Abi ‘l-Khayr, and other key Muslim mystics. For the millions of readers whose lives have been touched by Rumi’s poetry, here is a chance to see the Arabic and Persian traditions that produced him.

Omid Safi, professor of Islamic studies at Duke University and a columnist for On Being, is a frequent commentator on Islam. He has published numerous books, including Memories of Muhammad. He lives in Durham, NC.

“Omid Safi is a master translator and a poet in his own right. Readers will return to this collection of Islamic mystical poetry again and again, with gratitude for a world well-imagined.”—David Kyuman Kim, author of Melancholic Freedom