3 November 2007
Parlor Room, MSU Union

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8:30-8:45am Welcome: Emine Evered (Michigan State University)

Opening Remarks
  • Lou Anna Simon, President, Michigan State University
  • Mohammed Ayoob, Director, Muslim Studies Program, MSU
  • Jeffrey M. Riedinger, Dean, International Studies and Programs, MSU
8:45-10:45am Session 1 - Religious Imageries in Rumi's Writings: Jyotsna Singh (Michigan State University), Chair
  • Alan Godlas (University of Georgia), Psychological & Spiritual Transformation in Rumi's Mathnawi
  • Ahmet Karamustafa (Washington University), Speaker, Voice, & Audience in the Qur'an & the Masnavi
  • Jawid Mojaddedi (Rutgers University), Prophets, Saints, & Revelation in Rumi's World-view
10:45-11:00am Coffee Break
11:00-1:00 pm Session 2 - Rumi & Gender: Najib Hourani (Michigan State University), Chair
  • Fatemeh Keshavarz-Karamustafa (Washington University), The poetic Art of Mothering the Sacred in Rumi's Fihi ma fih
  • Aisha Geissinger (Michigan State University), Sufi Women, "Orthodoxy," and Hadith-Transmission
  • Mahdi Tourage (Colgate University), Rumi & the Language of Eroticism
1:00-2:00pm Lunch Break
2:00-3:30pmSession 3 - Contemporary Adaptations of Rumi's Work & World-view: Norman Graham (Michigan State University), Chair
  • Mahmood Karimi-Hakak (Siena College), Rumi & the Contemporary Stage
  • Kyle Evered (Michigan State University), Rumi in the Turkic World: Old Images & New Symbols
  • Ömer Turan (Middle East Technical University, Turkey), Rumi Tradition in Turkey and the Balkans from Past to Present
3:45-4:30pmClosing Conversations
  • Jyotnsa Singh (Michigan State University) & All Panelists
5:30-7:00 pm Reception & Dinner (by invitation only)

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