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The Classical Ideas Podcast

Jul 20, 2020

About Dr. Laury Silvers:

The Sufi Mysteries arise out of my desire to talk about the people and places I researched as a scholar of early Islam and Sufism beyond the constraints of academic skepticism. They are my love song to these early pious folk, mystics, and Sufis as human beings—who lived in a particular historical moment with all its complications—and to my experience of Islam.

I am a North American Muslim of the Sufi variety and a retired academic and activist. I received my doctorate at SUNY Stony Brook in 2002 and taught Religion and Islamic Studies at Skidmore College and the University of Toronto. I am presently a Visiting Research Fellow at the Department for the Study of Religion at the University of Toronto. I live in Toronto with my partner, Michael, and our dog, Billie Girl, and near my stepdaughters, their partners, and their mother.

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