Cassie Lipowitz

Cassie LipowitzLecturer, Religious Studies

Cassie Lipowitz is a doctoral student at the Graduate Theological Union in the area of cultural and historical studies of religions. Her primary research interests lie in the field of Islamic mysticism, with a specific focus on the Masnavi, a text composed by the 13th century Sufi poet Mawlana Jalaluddin Rumi. In addition to teaching courses at NDNU (since 2012), she also teaches religious studies and humanities courses at Starr King School for the Ministry, College of Alameda, and Laney College.


  • MA, Liberal Arts and Humanities, CSU Sacramento
    • Thesis: “Ascending the Ladder: The Spiritual Stages of Development in the Works of Jalaluddin Rumi.”
  • BA, Religious Studies, UC Berkeley

Courses Taught

  • Religions of the World
  • Women’s Spirituality
  • Islam: Faith and Practice

Selected Publications

  • “Seven are the Steps to Heaven: A Comparative Study of Swedenborg and Simnani.” The New Philosophy. Vol. CXVII, Nos. 3 & 4, 2014.