Omid Safi

Author, 'Memories of Muhammad: Why the Prophet Matters'

Omid Safi is one of the leading Muslim public intellectuals. He is a Professor of Islamic Studies at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, specializing in contemporary Islamic thought and classical Islam. Omid is an award-winning teacher and speaker, and has been nominated for and received teaching awards at Colgate University, Duke University, and University of North Carolina.

He is the editor of the volume "Progressive Muslims: On Justice, Gender, and Pluralism." His last book was published by HarperCollins, titled "Memories of Muhammad," and deals with the biography and legacy of the Prophet Muhammad.

He has been among the most frequently sought speakers on Islam in popular media, appearing frequently in the New York Times, Newsweek, Washington Post, PBS, NPR, NBC, CNN and international media. He has recently been designated as a lead Islam writer for the Religion News and Huffington Post.