Over the years, many friends have asked us for authentic and accessible teachings from our spiritual traditions that are both timely and timeless; responding to the questions of our time, and at the same time rooted in the ancient teachings as lived and taught by the prophets and the sages of our spiritual traditions.
We created Illuminated Courses as a response to that longing. In our online courses, we seek to dive deep into the oceans of our spiritual wisdom, and to bring out jewels that resonate with your lives today, in an accessible way.
For each course, we have gone through the authentic teachings of our sages, mined the best of scholarly sources, and curated them in a way that is faithful, relevant, and engaging. We are so excited to share them with you!
May these teachings be light and nourishment for your heart!
Founder and Main Instructor of Illuminated Courses
A gifted teacher: Omid has been nominated 10-times for professor of the year awards.
Award-winning author and public intellectual.
Omid is currently a professor at Duke University specializing in Islamic spirituality and contemporary thought.
The Sufi Path of Radical Love
The teachings shared here are rooted in the ancient Sufi tradition of Radical Love, the Mazhab-e ‘eshq. This luminous current of Islamic mysticism begins with a bold claim: There is, ultimately, One Love.
Love is not merely a sentiment, but the very unleashing of God on Earth. It's love that brought us here, and it will be love that will deliver us back Home.
This Path of Radical Love is best exemplified through sages like Rumi, Hafez, Attar, and others we will be introducing you to in our courses.
Love & Justice
When Love moves out into the public square, we call it justice. When that same Love moves inward, we recognize it as tenderness.
The same love calls us to be fierce in establishing the Beloved Community and yet tender in our intimate relationships.
Here we will trace the prophetic legacies of Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, and Rabbi Heschel, among others.
إِنَّ اللّهَ يَأْمُرُ بِالْعَدْلِ وَالإِحْسَانِ
This is God's command: justice & love.