World Religions

Exploring Magical Consciousness

Video: Exploring Magical Consciousness as a Form of Knowledge

October 26, 2021

Welcome to the first event of GnoseologiesTranscendence and Transformation Today in which we will discuss “magic” with Dr. Susan Greenwood. This series focuses on ways of knowing that are often labeled as “non-rational.” Traditionally referred to as gnosis in Western philosophical and religious traditions, and often understood in contraposition to science (episteme), these ways of knowing are becoming more and more influential in contemporary societies, popular culture, and academic research. What is the place of spirit...

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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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CSWR community members

Worlds of Religion at Harvard

November 18, 2016

By facilitating connections with the Harvard community and beyond, the CSWR convenes conversations about cutting-edge research.