Frank Korom to present lecture at Harvard University, Thursday April 25th

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April 22nd, 2013


Faculty Seminar: Tamil Sufism and Its American Manifestation

Frank Korom, Professor of Religion and Anthropology at Boston University

Professor Korom’s talk will focus on the Tamil Sufi Bawa Muhaiyaddeen, whose origins are in south India but came to the noted States in the early 1970s from Sri Lanka, where he had been ministering since the late 1940s. By conveying the enigmatic life story of Bawa, while focusing on his charisma and miraculous deeds, Prof. Korom suggests that Bawa was not an isolated oddity but rather a central exponent of what he calls “Dravidian” Sufism, which has its own internal logic that draws on a literary tradition that is more than a thousand years old. Although some aspects of his style of teaching resemble those of his counterparts in north India and elsewhere in the Sufi world (such as Southeast Asia), there are certain elements that are very distinctly Dravidian in nature, and he continued to build on such Dravidian elements after he settled down in Philadelphia to establish a so-called Fellowship there.

Thursday April 25 2013 — 6:00 pm
CGIS Knafel K354
1737 Cambridge St., Cambridge

This event is only open to faculty members from the greater New England area whose work falls broadly in the field of Islamic Studies. Please RSVP to