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Ali Asani, professor of Indo-Muslim and Islamic religion and cultures at Harvard University, discusses Muslims’ relationship with water at Thursday’s Interfaith Lecture in the Hall of Philosophy. Photo by Lauren Rock.

Asani reflects on water in Islamic sacred texts, poetry

Islam is a diverse and fluid faith. Its history of growth across geographical boundaries — and invisible cultural lines — catalyzed the creation of a variety of views related to water, Ali Asani said.

On Thursday, in the fourth Interfaith Lecture of the Week Four series themed “Water: Life Force/Life Source,” Ali Asani examined the role of water within the Islamic tradition, through an analysis of sacred texts including the Quran and the Hadith. He also explored the role of water in the mystical writings of Muslim poets in a lecture titled “Water as Substance and Symbol in Islam.”

Asani is a professor of Indo-Muslim and Islamic religion and cultures at Harvard University.

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