“The more I learned about Islam, the more it appeared to conform to what I was after..”Name: Michael Wolfe
Birth: 3 April 1945 in Cincinnati, Ohio, US
Residence: Northern California
Education: Bachelor of Arts in Classics, Cum Laude, Wesleyan University (1968)
Spouse: Dr Raana W Akbar (died in 2009)
Occupation: Poet, author, journalist, columnist, a frequent lecturer on Islamic issues (also writing and literature), founder, President and Executive Producer of Unity Production Foundation, a non-profit organization.
Works: The Hajj: An American Pilgrimage to Mecca (1993), One Thousand Roads to Mecca: Ten Centuries of Travellers Writing about the Muslim Pilgrimage (1997), Taking Back Islam: American Muslim Reclaimm their Faith (2003), Paradise: Reading Notes (2010).
Filmography: Muhammad: Legacy of Prophet (2002), Cities of Light: The Rise and Falls of Islamic Spain (documentary, 2007), On A Wing and A Prayer, Allah Made Me Funny (2008), and Talking through Walls (2009).
Awards: The Wilbur Award in the category of the best religion book (2003), Lowell Thomas Award (1999), Marin County Arts Council Writers Award (1983, 1990), Cine Special Jury Award for Best Professional Documentary in the category of People and Places for Muhammad: Legacy of a Prophet (2002).
Previous faith: Pluralism
Reason: “I could not have drawn up a list of demands, but I had a fair idea of what I was after. The religion I wanted should be to metaphysics as metaphysics is to science. It would be confined by a narrow rationalism or traffic in mystery to please its priests. There would be no priests, no spearation between nature and things sacred… Finally, i did want a ritual component, daily routine to sharpen the senses and discipline my mind. Above all, I wanted clarity and freedom. I did not want to trade away reason simply to be saddled with a dogma… The more I learned about Islam, the more it appeared to conform to what I was after.”
Sources: http://www.michaelwolfeauthor.com; amazon.com; islamreligion.com, allvoices; reverttoislam.blogspot.com; wikipedia
Islamia/The Brunei Times
Friday, 28 October 2011