Watch this short video excerpt of Professor Ali Asani describing “water as a gift from God” with various symbolic and substantive tendencies of it, in the Quran.
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Ali S. Asani is the Professor of Indo-Muslim and Islamic Religion and Cultures and the Director of Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Islamic Studies Program at Harvard University. The recipient of several awards and grants, Professor Asani is the author of many scholarly journal and encyclopaedia articles, book chapters and several books on the devotional literatures of Muslim communities in South Asia, including the Bujh Niranjan: An Ismaili Mystical Poem (Harvard University Press, 1992), The Harvard Collection of Ismaili Literature in Indic Languages: A Descriptive Catalog and Finding Aid (Macmillan Reference, 1992), Celebrating Muhammad: Images of the Prophet in Popular Muslim Poetry (University of South Carolina, 1995) and his most recent book, Ecstasy and Enlightenment: The Ismaili Devotional Literatures of South Asia