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Durham County Library Hosts Discovering the Poetry of Rumi

Program: ‘Where the Light Enters’: Discovering the Poetry of Rumi With Professor Omid Safi
Date: Saturday, September 21
Time: 3 p.m.
Location: Southwest Regional Library, 3605 Shannon Road
Cost: Free and open to the public

About: Durham County Library will host Professor of Islamic Studies Omid Safi for a discussion and performance of the poetry of Rumi. The performance will take place at 3 p.m. on Saturday, September 21, at the Southwest Regional Library, 3605 Shannon Road.

The works of Jalaluddin Rumi, a 13th Century Persian poet, have been translated into many languages, and he is one of the most widely read poets in the United States. His messages about the power of love, the connection of all people and the dignity of human life have a universal appeal, regardless of religion or background.

Safi is a Professor of Islamic Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, specializing in contemporary Islamic thought and classic Islam. In addition to UNC-CH, he has taught at Colgate University, Meredith College and Duke University on subjects including Rumi, Persian Poetry, Islam in America, Modern Islamic Civilization and Islamic Mysticism. He has appeared in the New York Times and Newsweek, and on NPR.

This program is co-sponsored by the Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations at UNC-CH and the Duke Islamic Studies Center. It is part of a series of programs called Muslim Journeys, designed to help audiences in the United States become more familiar with the cultures of Muslims both around the world and within the U.S.

For more information, contact Jennifer Lohmann at 919-560-8594 or visit

Durham County Library encourages Discovery, connects the Community and leads in Literacy. As a department of Durham County Government, the library furthers Goal 1 of the county’s Strategic Plan by enhancing cultural, educational and creative opportunities. For more information about the library, visit

Contact: Gina Rozier
919-560-0151 or

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