17th Annual Reading of the Sacred Texts, Graduate Theological Union, February 11, 2009.
Presented by Dr. Nargis Virani, Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies at the New School in New York City. Moderated by Dr. Munir Jiwa, director of the Center for Islamic Studies and Assistant Professor of Islamic Studies at the Graduate Theological Union.
Poetry produced in Muslim milieu often quotes and interprets the Qur'an in creative and novel ways; however, it has never been studied as a fertile site for scriptural interpretation, understanding, and practice. The talk will provide examples from the poetry of one of the most famous Muslim Mystic-poets, Jalaluddin Rumi (1207-1273).
18th Reading of the Sacred Text, Graduate Theological Union, February 10, 2010. Alter is professor of Hebrew and Comparative Literature, University of California at Berkeley. Introduction by Naomi Seidman, Center for Jewish Studies Director and Koret Professor of Jewish Culture at GTU.