A Tale of Two Sufis

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 at 4:00pm to 6:00pm

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Doheny Memorial Library (DML), 240
3550 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90089

USC Dornsife MDES Iranian Studies Initiative will host Professor Richard Bulliet (Columbia University) as part of our USC Dornsife-Farhang Foundation annual distinguished lecture series. Professor  Bulliet will be on the USC campus February 21-22, 2018.

Professor Bulliet will deliver a public lecture on Wednesday, February 21st at 4 pm-6 pm entitled "Nishapur: A Tale of Two Sufis" in DML 240

Lecture description: Farid al-Din Attar, author of The Conference of the Birds, and Abu al-Qasim al-Qushayri, the author the Risala, are the two greatest Sufis to have pursued their careers in the great Iranian city of Nishapur. But the city went through a transformation between the time of al-Qushayri in the eleventh century and that of Attar in the twelfth. Did the change in their urban surroundings affect their Sufi message? If so, how?

Event Type

Lecture / Talk / Workshop


Students, Alumni, Faculty/Staff


University Park Campus


Religion, history, Iran, Middle East, Persian





Department of Middle East Studies (MDES)
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