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Spirit Guide: Omid Safi on the Muslim Love Poet, Rumi


The Siddiqi Lecture in Islamic Studies was launched in 2014 to bring top scholars in the field of Islamic Studies to the University of Tennessee and to develop greater understanding of Islam in East Tennessee. The 2019 Siddiqi lecturer is Omid Safi, a Professor of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at Duke University, specializing in Persian mystical literature, the interaction of religion and politics, contemporary issues of Islamic reform, and progressive interpretations of Islam. WUOT’s Chrissy Keuper spoke with Dr. Safi about his lecture entitled, "A Love Supreme: Rumi’s Path of Islamic Spirituality".

Chrissy served as WUOT's News Director and host of monthly public affairs talk show Dialogue from late 2021 to early 2023. Her first job with the station was as weekend student announcer while earning her bachelor's in Anthropology from the University of Tennessee. She had previously been the station's local host for NPR's Morning Edition and All Things Considered news programs; occasionally filled in as host for WUOT's Morning and Afternoon Concerts; and won multiple awards for her interviews, feature stories, and Dialogue.