Call for Papers: Essentials of Rumi’s Thoughts

There are some significant personalities who with the help of their voice and breath, their love and excitement, and their promise for humanity always remain fresh and alive over the course of centuries.

Time evidently fails to make these characters obsolete. Their thoughts analyses, explanations, and spiritual messages, represent ever anew, alternative solutions and prescriptions for today’s social problems, in great variety and diversity. Despite the vast amount of time that separates his life from the present, Rumi continues to shape the thoughts and practices of many and presents solutions to present day problems in a unique way.

The goal of the proposed conference is to investigate patterns and dynamics of the essentials of Rumi’s thoughts and to investigate how, even seven hundred years after his time, Rumi still attracts many people from various backgrounds. Proceedings of this conference will be published by the Institute of Interfaith Dialog.

Papers are expected to be submitted (using WORD), electronically no later than February 29, 2008. All submitted papers will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis. Each paper should have a length of about no more than 6,000 words. The manuscript should be double-spaced throughout, including indented quotes and endnotes. The article should be preceded by a brief abstract of no more than 300 words.

Possible Themes
1. Rumi in the 21th Century
2. Rumi’s influence in the West
3. Rumi’s influence on Muslim philosophers
4. Rumi and Islamic Law
5. Rumi and Poetry
6. Rumi’s life

26-27 April 2008

Thompson Conference Center, The University of Texas at Austin


Gulen Institute
The Institute of Interfaith Dialog
University of Texas at Austin
Liberal Arts Humanities Program
Liberal Arts Honors Program
Center for Middle Eastern Studies and Islamic Studies
Atlas Interfaith Foundation


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