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Rumi’s immense popularity in recent decades has at times obscured his Islamic roots. This talk will contextualize Rumi’s spirituality by considering who Rumi was, and discussing some of the main themes of his work.
William Rory Dickson is Associate Professor and Chair of the Religion and Culture Department at the University of Winnipeg. His research focuses on contemporary Islam and Sufism. Dickson’s first book, Living Sufism in North America (2015) charts the history of Sufism in North America before considering its diverse expressions. Dickson has co-authored two further books on Sufism (2017, 2018), and has published articles in Contemporary Islam, Studies in Religion, Religion Compass, and Social Compass.