Radical Love: Teachings from the Islamic Mystical Tradition


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Yale University Press
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5.0 X 7.4 X 0.9 inches | 0.65 pounds

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About the Author

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.


"Safi's Radical Love arrives on the troubled scene with a peace offering, to clear the good name of a much-maligned, widely misunderstood religion. . . . [A] fine spiritual compendium . . . Think of this book as an extended hand, holding an olive branch."--Yahia Lababidi, World Literature Today

"Refreshingly terse and remarkably meaningful."--Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice

"This collection of ancient Islamic teachings reveals the roots and nuances of a mystical tradition that conjoins intellectual depth, spiritual humility, and bountiful sensuality . . . A glimpse into Islamic cosmology and philosophy . . . Exquisitely poetic."--Mindful magazine

"Unique in its form and method, it is a delightful read and beautiful foray into mystical tradition."--Ilma Qureshi, Reading Religion

Chosen for a Spirituality & Practice Book Award as one of the 50 Best Spiritual Books of 2018

"The most accessible, most beautifully wrought collection of Sufi love poetry I have ever read. Omid Safi has given the world an invaluable gift."--Reza Aslan, author of God: A Human History

"Radical Love is a passionate distillation of the Islamic mystical tradition. Omid Safi has assembled a marvelous collection of texts, which will be admired by anyone drawn to Sufism or the poetry of love."--Carl Ernst, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

"Omid Safi has given his deep and devout attention to this work. Radical Love is a beautiful collection."--Coleman Barks, author of The Essential Rumi

"If 'one reads poetry with one's nerves', as Wallace Stevens suggests, you will find your nerves tingling as did mine when I read Omid Safi's Radical Love, an unparalleled account of human/divine engagement."--Bruce B. Lawrence, author of The Koran in English: A Biography

"Omid Safi is a master translator and a poet in his own right. With power, vision, inspiration, and staggering radiance, Safi introduces a cosmos of Islamic mystical poetry to an audience so very much in need of expanding our horizon and understanding of the rich aesthetic traditions of Islam." --David Kyuman Kim, author of Melancholic Freedom