Student Interviews and Activities

CSWR resident Farah Zahra

CSWR SoundEscapes

April 24, 2017

"When I first visited CSWR in April 2015, I was invaded by its peaceful presence. Looking around me to find the source or the hidden traces of this serenity, I thought I was doing the wrong thing—which is looking. I should be hearing, listening. Listening to the water stream of the small fountain in the community garden. I thought that the peacefulness of this place is embodied in its acoustic environment as much as it is embedded in the interior architecture of the building and carried by the traces of the people who lived here before. I compare the sounds that surround us to the...

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CSWR resident Munjed Murad

On Beauty

April 12, 2017

On April 5th, ThD student and CSWR resident, Munjed M. Murad, delivered a presentation on the findings of his research at Harvard as they pertain to the topic of beauty and religion. A summary of which follows:

This lecture explored the concept of beauty as discussed in teachings of Islamic metaphysics in particular and exemplified by a variety of religions in general. It addressed notions of the objectivity of beauty as a necessary quality of the Divine, and particular aspects of the manifold manifestations of beauty in the world. Examples ranged from the beauty of virtue...

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CSWR Resident Nariman Aavani

Self-Identity and the Divine in Rumi

April 10, 2017

On March 29th, CSWR resident Nariman Aavani presented his work on self-identity in the poetry of Rumi.  A summary of his talk can be found below.

As human beings who live in the modern world, our identity is defined to a great extent through the particular roles that we play in society and the external tags that the socio-political context of our lived-experience places on us. In this way one is called a doctor, a student, a professor, mother, sister, American, Iranian, Muslim, etc. However, for Mawlānā Jalāl al-Dīn Rūmī (d. 1273), a great Persian Sufi master,  ...

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