Starr King School for the Ministry, the Unitarian Universalist seminary in Berkeley, California, announced this morning that its provost, Professor Ibrahim Abdurrahman Farajajé, has died. Farajajé had been hospitalized since mid-January after a massive heart attack and other health problems.
A scholar of Sufism and intersectionality, Farajajé joined the Starr King faculty in 1995, and served as the school’s provost since 2009. In November 2015 he announced that he planned to retire at the end of the 2016-2017 school year.
To many students and followers, Farajajé was known as “Ibrahim Baba”; during his hospitalization they posted prayers and visual meditations using the hashtag #photoprayerforbaba. Earlier in his career, Farajajé also published academic work under the name Elias Farajajé-Jones.
We’ll update this post with a link to a formal obituary when it becomes available.