Rumi and Islam: Insights For Our Time
Presentation by Alan Godlas, Ph.D.
Date & Time:
7:00 PM - 8:15 PM Friday, January 19, 2018, 7:00 p.m.
First Universalist Church
Cummins Room -- Please enter through front door of church.
3400 Dupont Avenue South
Minneapolis MN 55408
Sponsored by the Minnesota Shadhiliyya Sufi Community in collaboration with the Jay Phillips Center for Interfaith Learning at the University of St. Thomas.
Dr. Alan Godlas is an Associate Professor in the Department of Religion at the University of Georgia. He is the director of the UGA Virtual Center for Interdisciplinary Studies of the Islamic World (VCISIW) and is the Co-Director of the UGA Arabic major and the UGA-Morocco Maymester program. At UGA he teaches Islamic Studies and Arabic courses (and sometimes Persian and Ottoman Turkish) as well as a survey course on the world's religions. As the supervisor of UGA's Fulbright funded Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) program, he supervises FLTAs who teach languages such as Arabic, Persian/Dari, Turkish, Urdu, Bengali, and Indonesian. Dr. Godlas received his M.A. (1983) and Ph.D. (1991) in Near Eastern Studies (specializing in Islamic Studies) from the University of California at Berkeley, and his B.S. in Ecological Psychology from the University of California at Davis in 1972. He trained in Gestalt Therapy at the Gestalt Institute of San Francisco from 1973-74. Dr. Godlas studied Persian literature at the University of Tehran from 1974-1976, advanced Arabic as a fellow at the Center for Arabic Study Abroad (CASA) in Cairo in 1983-84, and advanced Turkish as a fellow at Bosporus University in 1984. He has taught at the University of Georgia since 1991.