Studies of Imam al-Ghazali Programme
With Shaykh Abd al-Hakim Murad
Prof. Shems Friedlander
Dr. Samer Dajani
For the last 10 years Alqueria de Rosales had the great honour of hosting this important event dedicated to the study of the works of Imam al-Ghazali.
Prof. Shems Friedlander is an American Islamic scholar, Sufi master, visual artist, filmmaker, author and an emeritus professor of practice at the American University in Cairo. He is best known for his works on mystical traditions of Islam, especially the Mevlevi Sufi tradition founded after Mevlana Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī. Apart from his exhibitions on photography and painting, he is author of the books When You Hear Hoofbeats, Think of a Zebra (Perennial Library, 1987), Rumi: The Hidden Treasure (Fons Vitae , 2001) and Winter Harvest, a Memoir (2015), among others. He has authored the documentaries Rumi:The Wings of Love (2002) and The Circles of Remembrance (2005).
Dr. Samer Dajani studies the different methodologies of the Sunni schools of jurisprudence, as well as broader theories on legal diversity and the nature of the Shari’a. His PhD focused on the links between the legal thought of four major Sufi figures from the 3rd/9th century until the 19th centuries, as well as the influence of their ideas on later revivalist movements in the 19th and 20th centuries. He received his BA in Arab & Islamic Civilizations from the American University in Cairo, followed by an MA and PhD in the field of Islamic Studies from SOAS, University of London. He is the author of Reassurance for the Seeker: A Biography and Translation of Salih al-Ja’fari’s al-Fawa’id al-Ja‘fariyya, a Commentary on Forty Prophetic Traditions (Fons Vitae, 2013) and his upcoming works include The Sufi’s and the Law: Ibn Arabi’s School of Mercy (to be published), “The Centrality of Ibn Arabi in Popular Hadith Chains” (Journal of the Muhyiddin Ibn Arabi Society, November 2017) and Sufi Hadith Commentaries and Their Impact on Classic Hadith Commentary Works (to be published)
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