At Home with Literati: Dr. Emily Jane O'Dell & Dr. Nahid Siamdoust

Wednesday, July 27, 2022 - 7:00pm

We're pleased to welcome Dr. Emily Jane O'Dell to our At Home with Literati Series in support of The Gift of Rumi. She'll be joined in conversation by Dr. Nahid Siamdoust.

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An authentic exploration of the real Rumi

As one of the world's most loved poets, Rumi's poems are celebrated for their message of love and their beauty, but too often they are stripped of their mystical and spiritual meanings. The Gift of Rumi offers a new reading of Rumi, contextualizing his work against the broader backdrop of Islamic mysticism and adding a richness and authenticity that is lacking in many Westernized conceptions of his work. Author Emily Jane O'Dell has studied Sufism both academically, in her work and research at Harvard, Columbia, and the American University of Beirut, and in practice, learning from a Mevlevi master and his whirling dervishes in Istanbul. She weaves this expertise throughout The Gift of Rumi, sharing a new vision of Rumi’s classic work.

At the heart of Rumi’s mystical poetry is the “religion of love” which transcends all religions. Through his majestic verses of ecstasy and longing, Rumi invites us into the religion of the heart and guides us to our own loving inner essence. The Gifts of Rumi gives us a key to experiencing this profound and powerful invitation, allowing readers to meet the master in a new way.

Dr. Emily Jane O’Dell is an Associate Professor at Sichuan University-Pittsburgh Institute in China. She has served as the Whittlesey Chair of History and Archaeology at the American University of Beirut, an Islamic Law and Civilization Research Fellow at Yale Law School, and an editor for Harvard Law School's SHARIASource. Stateside she has taught at Columbia, Brown, and Harvard, where she received a teaching excellence award. Her research can be found in the Journal of Global Slavery, Journal of Iranian Studies, Journal of Africana Religions, Obsidian: Literature & Arts in the African Diaspora, Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies, Disability & Society, and SHARIASource. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Louisville Review, Al Jazeera, NPR, CounterPunch, Salon, TRT World, The Christian Science Monitor, and Huffington Post.
Dr. Nahid Siamdoust is an assistant professor of media and Middle East studies at the University of Texas at Austin, where she is a member of the Provost’s Cluster in Global Media Flows and (Dis)Information. Prior to that she was the Colorado Scholar at Harvard Divinity School’s Women’s Studies in Religion Program, and a postdoctoral associate at Yale University’s Program in Iranian Studies. Her first large research project culminated in her book Soundtrack of the Revolution: The Politics of Music in Iran, published by Stanford University Press. Prior to her academic career, Nahid worked as a print and TV journalist across the Middle East.
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The Gift of Rumi: Experiencing the Wisdom of the Sufi Master By Emily Jane O'Dell Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250261373
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Published: St. Martin's Essentials - July 26th, 2022