Path & Present W/baraka Blue



Path & Present is a long form conversation hosted by poet, emcee, and teaching-artist Baraka Blue with friends and guests including artists, musicians, authors, and scholars to collectively explore what it means to walk a path of awakening and spiritual discernment in the modern world. Topics covered include spirituality/religion/metaphysics, community, art/music, psychology, social justice, Islam and Muslims in the West, and earth stewardship.**Path & Present** Is a community endeavor produced for the sake of sharing the stories of our communities and amplifying the forces of positivity and goodness in the universe. It is made possible through community support. Enjoy Path and Present Podcast? Now you can become a supporter/patron at Patreon. Blue is a poet and musician from Seattle, Washington. After reading the works of Rumi and Ibn Arabi he traveled to study with contemporary Sufi teachers in Morocco, Turkey, Yemen, Egypt and beyond. He has a BA in Arabic from the University of Washington and was awarded a Master's Degree in Islamic Studies from the GTU, Berkeley for his research on the Sufi thought of Abu Hamid al-Ghazali. As a teaching-artist he has performed all over the world, including such institutions as Princeton and the School of Oriental and African Studies, London.


  • #035: The Eye With Which He Sees: The Mysticism of Muhammad ﷺ w/ Zachary Markwith

    18/12/2018 Duración: 56min

    Zachary Markwith is the Executive Director of the Hub Foundation. He is also a doctoral candidate in Islamic Studies at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. He earned an MA (cum laude) in Comparative Religious Studies at the George Washington University and a BA in Islamic and Near Eastern Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His research and teaching interests include Muslim sacred texts (Quran, Hadith, and ahadith qudsiyyah) and spiritual traditions (ihsan, 'irfan, and tasawwuf), intrafaith and interfaith relations and dialogue, just war and nonviolence. Prior to joining Hub Foundation, Markwith worked for several non-profit organizations, including the Covenants Initiative, Council on American-Islamic Relations, the International Peace Project, and Food Not Bombs. "Hub Foundation is a non-profit organization located in San Ramon, California. We strive to empower and inspire individuals and communities through providing greater access to edu

  • #034: Sufism Contested: Sufism & Anti-Sufism; Traditionalism & Universal Mysticism w/ Rory Dickson

    10/09/2018 Duración: 01h36min

    Rory Dickson is Assistant Professor of Islamic Religion and Culture at the University of Winnipeg, Canada. He researches Sufism (Contemporary Sufism, Sufism and Islam, Sufism in North America). You can find his books here: And other writings here:

  • #033: What is Sacred Community? w/ Farooq Maseehuddin

    13/08/2018 Duración: 01h48min

    Farooq Maseehuddin is the Founder of Tarjuma in Edmonton, Canada and has worked closely with Taleef Collective. His graduate research is a comparative study of Christian and Muslim communities in North America. Topics discussed include: History of Muslim community in North America - Unmosqued vs. Demosqued - Third Spaces - Social Media Culture - Internet Disruptions - Muslim, Evangelical, Hindu, Buddhist communities in North America - Virality as Authority - Religious Economies - Counter-publics

  • #032: One Love: The Sufi Path of Radical Love w/ Omid Safi

    05/07/2018 Duración: 01h25min

    Omid Safi is an American Professor of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at Duke University, where he is the Director of Duke Islamic Studies Center, and a columnist for On Being. Dr. Safi specializes in Islamic mysticism (Sufism), contemporary Islamic thought and medieval Islamic history. He has served on the board of the Pluralism project at Harvard University and is the co-chair of the steering committee for the Study of Islam and the Islamic Mysticism Group at the American Academy of Religion. Before joining Duke University, Dr. Safi was a professor at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. Website: Radical Love Book:

  • #031: Divine Comedy w/ Azhar Usman

    06/05/2018 Duración: 01h39min

    Azhar is a standup comedian, actor, writer, playwright, and producer. He is one of Chicago's top standup comics; CNN called him "America's Funniest Muslim," and Georgetown University identified him as "one of the 500 Most Influential Muslims in the World." In 2010, standup icon Dave Chappelle–for whom Azhar has opened over 50 times–commented "Azhar is untouchable. He's like a comedian from the future." He is a paid regular at the prestigious Comedy Cellar in New York City, and hosts a monthly standup show at his home club, Laugh Factory Chicago. As the co-founder of the international comedy showcase "Allah Made Me Funny–The Official Muslim Comedy Tour," he toured over 20 countries, on five continents.

  • #030: Sacred Art, Sacred Science w/ Hunter Brown

    21/12/2017 Duración: 02h13min

    Hunter Brown studied Art History and Physics at UC Berkeley. His core areas of research are early Buddhist art and ancient Asian art more generally. He is currently living in Bali and studying traditional Balinese Gamelan music. You can support Path & Present here:

  • #029: Tawba: Turning & Re-turning to the Source w/ Michael Haroon Sugich

    30/10/2017 Duración: 01h14min

    Michael Sugich is a native of Santa Barbara, California and studied at UCLA and the California Institute of the Arts. He was initiated into a traditional Sufi order in 1972. Since that time he has studied Sufi doctrine and practice with spiritual masters across the Arab and Islamic world. He lived for 23 years in the precincts of the sacred city of Makkah Al Mukaramah where he kept company with many men of knowledge and illumination. He has written Palaces of India (Pavilion Books), a travel book, and Living in Makkah (Macdonald Publishers), a children's book, and, most recently a feature documentary film on the life of King Faisal of Saudi Arabia, Faisal: Legacy of a King. Michael Sugich is author of 'Signs on the Horizons: Meetings with Men of Knowledge and Illumination', a memoir of 40 years with Sufi saints of the 20th and 21st centuries.

  • #028: The Poetics of Radical Love: Rumi, Hafez, & the Persian Sufi Tradition w/ Leonard Lewisohn

    08/10/2017 Duración: 01h05min

    Leonard Lewisohn is an American author, translator and lecturer in the area of Islamic studies and a specialist in Persian language and Sufi literature. He is the editor of Mawlana Rumi Review. He is a member of the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies in University of Exeter. Mawlana Rumi Review: Some of Dr. Lewisohn's writings can be found here:

  • #027: The Heart Of Culture: Spirituality, Creativity, Community w/ Abdul-Rehman Malik

    08/09/2017 Duración: 01h24min

    Abdul-Rahman Malik is an award winning London-based journalist, educator and organiser. Toronto born, he is Programmes Manager for the Radical Middle Way, and Director of the Insight Film Festival. He is a regular contributor to BBC Radio, offering Pause for Thought - contemporary perspectives on spirituality - on Radio 2’s flagship breakfast show and presenting documentaries for Radio 4 and the World Service. His most recent radio documentaries include “The Muhammadan Bean: The Secret History of Islam and Coffee” and “Finding Allah at 33rpm: My Search for Sacred Music”.

  • #026: Seeing Through A Unique Lens w/ Antar Hanif

    26/08/2017 Duración: 01h26min

    Antar Hanif (iAMSHOOTER) is a veteran photographer who has worked for many clients, including Ikea and Nike. More recently he has been focusing his lens in the fields of fashion and travel photography. We spoke about how your art/craft/work transforms the way you see the world, how travel changes one's vantage point, learning to ride a scooter in Bali without killing oneself, and more.

  • #025: The Art of Peace: Hip-Hop, Chess, and Martial Arts w/ Adisa Banjoko

    08/08/2017 Duración: 50min

    Adisa Banjoko aka The Bishop is an author and educator based in the SF Bay Area. In 2006 he founded the 501c3 non-profit Hip-Hop Chess Federation Inc. They fuse music, chess and martial arts to promote unity, strategy and nonviolence. He is also the chess and jiu-jitsu instructor at Zaytuna College. In 2016 he released the book Bobby, Bruce & the Bronx: The Secrets of Hip-Hop Chess. It was recently selected to be preserved at the Cornell Hip-Hop Collection.

  • #024: Sociocultural Anthropology (From Cuba to Palestine & Beyond) w/ Michael Vicente Pérez

    07/07/2017 Duración: 58min

    Michael Vicente Pérez is a professor of Sociocultural Anthropology at the University of Washington. His research interests include migration and displacement, ethnicity and nationalism, memory, violence, human rights, Muslim societies and Islam.

  • #023: Ibn 'Arabi, Rumi, & The Spiritual Power of Art w/ Ali Hussain

    18/06/2017 Duración: 01h40min

    Ali Hussain is a doctoral candidate in Islamic studies in the department of Near Eastern Studies, University of Michigan. His research focuses on Jesus in the thought and writings of the 12th/13th century Muslim mystic Muhyi al-Din Ibn al-ʿArabi (d. 1240). He's also interested in sacred bodies as tools for mythic storytelling in Sufism.

  • #022: The Life & Legacy of Syed Naquib al-Attas w/ Syed Muhiyuddin al-Attas

    02/06/2017 Duración: 01h21min

    Syed Muhiyuddin bin Husein Al-Attas graduated with a B.A. in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Otago, New Zealand in 2011. Since 2012 he has been a student of contemporary Malaysian Philosopher Syed Naquib Al-Attas and his students, especially Prof Wan Mohd, at CASIS(Center for Advanced Studies on Islam, Science and Civilisation) concentrating his Master's thesis on Naquib Al-Attas' conception of the West. He has also taught introductory courses on Islamic philosophy, civilization and the worldview of Islam.

  • #021: Putting the Soul back in Psychology w/ Dr. Malik Badri

    05/05/2017 Duración: 01h58min

    Professor Dr. Malik Badri was born in Rufa’a, Sudan in 1932. He obtained his B.A. (with distinction) and his Masters from the American University of Beirut, in 1956 and 1958 respectively. He further obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Leicester, England in 1961 and his Postgraduate Certificate of Clinical Psychology from the Academic Department of Psychiatry of the Middlesex Hospital Medical School of London University in 1966. He was elected Fellow of the British Psychological Society in 1977 and now he is the holder of the title of Chartered Psychologist C.Psychol from the same Society. In recognition to his contributions in his field he was awarded an honorary D.Sc. from the Ahfad University and was decorated by the President of Sudan in April of the year, 2003, with the medal of Shahid Zubair which is the highest award for academic excellence. Apart from being appointed as professor and dean in varies universities, such as Dean of the Faculties of Education in the University of Khartoum and Juba Un

  • #020: Living & Learning w/ Tamara Gray

    11/04/2017 Duración: 01h08min

    Anse Tamara Gray is a scholar, translator, spiritual teacher, and publisher. She is the founder of Rabata, an organization dedicated to promoting positive cultural change through individual empowerment, spiritual upbringing of women by women, and the revival of the female voice in scholarship. Anse Tamara Grey lived in Syria for twenty years, studying sacred knowledge and traveling along the road of tarbiya (spiritual upbringing). She is a doctoral student in the Leadership, Policy and Administration program at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN. She holds a master’s degree in Curriculum Theory and Instruction, and works in the field of education, focusing on instruction, curriculum design and implementation, administration, and teacher training.

  • #019: Diffused Congruence w/ Parvez Ahmed & Zaki Hasan

    24/03/2017 Duración: 01h17min

    Parvez and Zaki have a really cool podcast called 'Diffused Congruence: The American Muslim Experience', with a wide range of interesting guests. We are co-releasing this episode on both of our podcasts. Be sure to check out their podcast here:

  • #018: American Veda, American Sufi: Pathways of Eastern Spirituality in the West w/ Philip Goldberg

    01/03/2017 Duración: 01h08min

    Philip Goldberg is the author or co-author of numerous books; a public speaker and workshop leader; a spiritual counselor, meditation teacher and ordained Interfaith Minister. He lives in Los Angeles, cohosts the Spirit Matters podcast, leads American Veda Tours and blogs regularly on Huffington Post and Spirituality & Health. For more about the book:

  • #017: Black & Muslim in Trump's America w/ Tyson Amir

    19/02/2017 Duración: 01h41min

    Tyson Amir is a rapper, poet, musician, author and activist. He has also taught within the prison system for many years. He recently published his first book, 'Black Boy Poems'. Between Huey & Malcolm poem: --- *We had some technical difficulties with this episode. Please forgive the audio distortion at certain points in the conversation.

  • #016: Jesus is in Seattle... & He's an Indian Muslim w/ Jamil Suleman

    30/01/2017 Duración: 01h39min

    Jamil Suleman is an artist, activist, and teacher. He is also Seattle Jesus:

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