Interfaith Dialogue

At home in Harlem (Photo: Eddie Chu)

An expert on world religions, Emily is invited regularly to give lectures on spirituality and to foster interfaith dialogue in the United States and abroad.  She has taught courses on Islam/Sufism, Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, shamanism, and other religions at Columbia, Harvard, Brown, and the American University of Beirut. She has enjoyed a private audience with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, forged strong connections with Sufi masters around the globe, and translated ancient Egyptian, Coptic, and Akkadian religious texts.

For her research on Islam/Sufism and shamanism, she has been a Fulbright-Hays Fellow, an Edward A. Hewett Policy Fellow, a Harvard Research Fellow, a Harvard Traveling Fellow, an American Councils Research Fellow, a Title VIII Research Scholar, and an IREX Fellow.  She teaches Sufi whirling in Beirut, Istanbul, and New York.

Whirling in Harlem (Photo: Emily O'Dell)

Studying Sufism in Sudan (Photo: Emily O'Dell)

Whirling at Sufi shrines in Iran (Photo: Emily O'Dell)

Exploring shamanism in Mongolia (Photo: Emily O'Dell)

Meeting with Sufi sheikhs in Sudan (Photo: Emily O'Dell)

Exploring Buddhism in Mongolia (Photo: Emily O'Dell)

Studying Sufi shrines in Karakalpakstan (Photo: Emily O'Dell)

Exploring Sufism in Afghanistan (Photo: Emily O'Dell)