Sunday, January 31, 2010

Podcast - The Role of Love in the Qur'anic Worldview

The subject of this lecture by William Chittick is love in the Qur'anic worldview and is based on material Chittick has collected for a new book he is working on.

The lecture centers around a ubiquitously well known verse in the Qur'an, a verse described by Sam'ani as a "body-melting, heart-burning" verse: "He loves them, and they love Him." It's a verse which Chittick has touched upon again and again in his many works and which he turns to with a more focused intent in this particular lecture. Chittick's lectures are a delight to attend as he weaves beautifully insightful tapestries of traditional Islamic thought in a very expressive manner. He also has a wonderful sense of humor that comes through in his physical expressiveness and his turn of phrase.

Note: At this particular lecture, his microphone was not working well and so the audio volume is very low and the background sounds are quite loud - I've tried to boost the audio to compensate but it may be necessary for listeners to turn up the volume considerably to clearly hear the lecture.

I approached him for permission after the lecture to make this available online and he graciously granted it. The lecture is also available as a podcast. You can listen to it here or here or subscribe/listen to it as a podcast in iTunes.

The recording of the lecture was made by a good friend (Adill Hissan). Many thanks to him for making it available for this podcast.

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