Bridging the Faiths through Art

Hatemi speaks to visitors about his work at a recent gallery opening. Photo: Haydarhatemi.com

The state of Kentucky has a strong tradition of political conservatism and also, unfortunately, a long history of bigotry. Although this means that it has become one of the more hostile places for Muslims in the US, this Islamophobic atmosphere hasn’t stopped Iranian-born artist Haydar Hatemi from creating art in his Lexington basement studio that builds bridges between Muslims and non-Muslims.

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The Centerpiece of Islam’s Sufism: Love

Painting of Jalaluddin Rumi

This afternoon at 3 PM U.S. Central Standard Time (GMT-6), Wisconsin Public Radio’s Jean Feraca will talk with Coleman Barks, poet, student of Sufism, and author of numerous Rumi translations. Mowlana Jalaluddin Rumi, a 13th century Muslim mystic, or Sufi, is one of the most decorated poets in history, and famous for his writings on love. Rumi saw love as the foundation of Islam and life, and used, at time, provocative metaphors to describe his love for God.

Coleman Barks will discuss Rumi’s poety and the love that he wrote about.

To listen to the show live, go here.

For a quick summary of Sufism, see this recent Inside Islam piece. For additional information on Rumi and Sufism, check this out.

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