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Saturday, October 28 • 6:00pm - 7:00pm
WINELIGHT with Steve Scholl

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Wine is a powerful and frequent poetic reference in Sufi poetry. (The Sufis are the mystics of Islam.) Wine, of course, is forbidden by orthodox faith. So why is it such a central theme of the greatest Muslim poets? Rumi (twelfth century) and Hafiz (thirteenth century) are the two most widely read Sufi poets (writing mostly in Persian rather than Arabic). In his WINELIGHT presentation, Steve Scholl shares the poetry and mystical teachings of Rumi and Hafiz by sharing a sampling of their poems with wine and drunkenness as themes. 

Many have argued that the Sufis use wine and drunkenness as symbols for states of divine ecstasy, and that we should not take them literally. Others feel there is more to the imagery.

Scholl will unpack the history and the metaphysics of wine and ecstasy for these great Sufi masters. 


Steve Scholl

Author and Co-Founder, White Cloud Press
Steven Scholl is an independent scholar of Islam and comparative religion. He has lived and traveled extensively in the Middle East after doing his graduate studies in Islamic philosophy and history at McGill University. Steve is the founding publisher of White Cloud Press and is... Read More →

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Stephanie Raffelock

Author and Director of Youth Programming, Willamette Writers
Stephanie Raffelock is an overly caffeinated, type-A personality, and novelist on the verge.  A graduate of Naropa University’s program in Creative Writing and Poetics, Stephanie worked an internship at The Boulder Daily Camera and has penned articles for The Aspen Times, Quilters... Read More →

Saturday October 28, 2017 6:00pm - 7:00pm PDT
Mihama Restaurant 1253 Siskiyou Blvd

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