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Omid Safi is a Professor of Islamic Studies at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, specializing in contemporary Islamic thought and classical Islam. He is the past Chair for the Study of Islam, and the current Chair for Islamic Mysticism Group at the American Academy of Religion, the largest international organization devoted to the academic study of religion.

In 2009, he was recognized by the University of North Carolina for mentoring minority students in 2009, and won the Sitterson Teaching Award for Professor of the Year in April of 2010.

Omid is the editor of the volume "Progressive Muslims: On Justice, Gender, and Pluralism," which offered an understanding of Islam rooted in social justice, gender equality, and religious and ethnic pluralism. His works "Politics of Knowledge in Premodern Islam," dealing with medieval Islamic history and politics, and "Voices of Islam: Voices of Change" were published 2006.

His last book, "Memories of Muhammad," deals with the biography and legacy of the Prophet Muhammad. He has forthcoming volumes on the famed mystic Rumi, contemporary Islamic debates in Iran, and American Islam.

Omid has been among the most frequently sought speakers on Islam in popular media, appearing in The New York Times, Newsweek, Washington Post, PBS, NPR, NBC, CNN and other international media.

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To fight hatred, we need…The Beatles (and love)

Love may not be all we need. But we cannot get to where we need to get without love. We need love.
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Where is God in a time of tragedy?  A religious response to Sandy Hook

Where is God in the midst of tragedies that defy all reason?   And where do we stand?
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What if HSBC had been Muslim?  A two-tiered justice system bought and sold

HSBC had to say, literally: ““We have said we are profoundly sorry for them, and we do so again.”   Say you are sorry, pay a billion or two, and get out of jail.    I wonder if others, specifically Muslim charities, were ever given this option. 
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Betraying a Nobel Vision:  How the Nobel Peace Prize Became a Joke

When the EU, whose members are a leading worldwide exporter of military merchandise, is honored as the recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, it does more than turn the Nobel Peace Prize into a joke.   It represents a betrayal, and an inversion, of Alfred Nobel’s beautiful dream.
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Rivers of Paradise:  Water as a Sacred symbol of Divine

To put in another words, our very hearts, and our ability to know God intimately, are connected to the external symbols of life-giving water.  As outside, so inside; as below, so above.
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Rosa Parks…today

Many honor Rosa Parks on the anniversary of her courageous action on December 1, 1955. But beyond honoring the iconic moment, what are we doing today to challenge similar systematic injustices in this country and beyond?
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Palestine Vote at the United Nations—and why the United States is on the “Wrong Side of a Worldwide Revolution of Values” (MLK)

In looking at the final tally of votes for Palestine at the UN (138 for, 9 against, and 41 abstaining), I realize that on this issue, the United States (and Canada) are on the wrong side of a worldwide revolution of values, as Dr. King taught us.
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Saudis say No to the Prophet Muhammad, Yes to Paris Hilton

The Saudis make a great deal of their honorific as the “Caretaker of the two Noble Sanctuaries” in Mecca and Medina.   One has to wonder about a kind of Care that says no to the legacy of Muhammad, bulldozes it, and invites Paris Hilton in its place.
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Blood of the Innocents:  Martyrdom of the Prophet’s Family, then and now

The real question is not just what Imam Hossein did in the month of Muharram of the year 680 on the plains of Karbala in Iraq, but rather what are we doing today.
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Resist the temptation of Black Friday.

We are told, hundreds of time every day, to buy things we don’t need with money we don’t have. Resist....  Boycott Black Friday.     
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