Muhammad Baqir: An Islamic teacher, philosopher, and Sufi master from South Jakarta, Indonesia
Muhammad "Pak" Baqir joined us to discuss notions of movement, migration, and pilgrimage in the context of modern Indonesia and Islam. One focus of his teaching is on spiritual migration from the "world of appearances" to the "world of realities," from the "material" to the "spiritual," and back again. Baqir has devoted his personal and professional life to preserving and adapting the paths of this spiritual migration in the context of Indonesian society’s cultural/intellectual/political migration into Western modernity.
Spiritual Migration in Indonesia - Public Event on September 18, 2019
Theme for Fall 2019: Movement/Migration
Movement/Migration Movement and migration are at the center of how we understand human and nonhuman life. Often, this is in the realm of significant physical migration of individuals or communities from one land to the next. Almost always, they shift cultural dynamics in unexpected ways. Movements and migrations are constantly taking place in realms beyond the human, as well – from the makeup of the nonhuman environment as it confronts climate change, to the patterns of migratory animal species, to discoveries in gene therapies and information science. Closer to home, we see movements and migrations unfolding in university curricula and our very approach to (inter)disciplinary inquiry.