Religion Department Faculty Colloquium
- 3:30 pm on Thursday, April 24, 2014
- Religion 404
Life after Bawa: Post-Charismatic Developments in an American Sufi Fellowship Present by Frank Korom The Bawa Muhaiyaddeen Fellowship was founded in Philadelphia in 1971, the year when a Tamil speaking Sri Lankan arrived in the City of Brotherly Love. Due to the founder's charisma, the community of converts continued to grow until a permanent residence was finally purchased in a suburb of the city. Later, a mosque was also built on the same site. The founder died in 1986, and he is buried on a farm outside of Philadelphia in a rural agricultural area. This informal presentation focuses on how the community sustained itself after the death of its founder, and even managed to grow into an established institution that now serves as a hub of Muslim activity in the city. Please RSVP to Wendy (email@example.com).