Saturday Nov 3 9:00 AM-9:00 PM
Sunday Nov 4 9:30 AM-4:30 PM
Carleton University’s College of the Humanities Invites you to A Conference Celebration of Molana Jalal ad-Din Mohammad Molavi Rumi (1207 – 1273)
(613) 520-2600 ext. 8143
Karim H. Karim
(613) 520-2600 ext. 8030
Note that Karim H. Karim is giving the summation on Sunday.
We live in a complex and inter-linking world in terms of both time and space. Borders, physical and cultural, seem to have become much more transparent and the process of globalization has enabled humanity to recognize our cultural kinship and linkage. Our connected world affords us the luxury of living with the icons, symbols, and nuances of not only our own cultures but those of others as well. This new civilization has made it possible for various cultures and ways of thinking to express themselves and be heard on the global stage.
In short, we live in an age that is of one civilization / many cultures. As a consequence, there are enormous possibilities for the appreciation of others’ cultures and intellectual achievements. The declaration by UNESCO of 2007 as the International Year of Rumi is an example such endeavours. Carleton University’s College of Humanities is the most well-placed institution in Ottawa to echo and commemorate this recognition. The two-day conference and related cultural events will be the occasion to appreciate intellectually the significance of Molana Jalal ad-Din Rumi’s contributions to human civilization. The central question of the conference is “who is Molavi/Rumi.” We hope to address this question from various perspectives.