Fellows and friends of the Muslim Institute are invited to book their places now for the Seventh Annual Muslim Institute Winter Gathering This year the theme is 'The Power of the Word' and keynote speaker Jeremy Henzell-Thomas will consider this very concept. Other sessions will explore words that destroy, words that heal, and the word of God. A writer in residence will document the weekend's discussion and we are proposing a copy clinic for budding journalists who wish to have their work critiqued.
As before our base is Sarum College, which offers friendly, comfortable accommodation in single, twin and double rooms, mostly en-suite, and all halal catering. The weekend - inclusive of accommodation, all meals and refreshments from registration at 4-6pm on Friday 27 November through to lunch on Sunday 29 November - is FREE for Fellows.
**PLEASE NOTE ACCOMMODATION AT SARUM COLLEGE IS NOW FULLY ALLOCATED**
Non-Fellows will need to arrange and pay for their own accommodation, as well as pay a booking fee of £50.
We reserve the right to charge a cancellation fee of £50 as appropriate.
Accommodation in Sarum College is now fully allocated. Further accommodation is available nearby on a bed and breakfast basis. We can supply a list of local bed and breakfast establishments, however, it will be up to you to make your own bookings and be responsible for your own accommodation costs. All other meals and refreshments are inclusive in the booking fee and will be provided at Sarum College. Fellows using bed and breakfast places will be reimbursed.
Prayer facilities will be available.
For further information and to secure your place please email [email protected]
Muslim Institute 7th Winter Gathering
27th – 29th November 2015
Sarum College, Salisbury
Theme: The Power of the Word
Short Story Writer in Residence: Tam Hussain
Friday 27 November
8-10pm Opening Keynote: The Power of the Word
Jeremy Henzell-Thomas will open this year’s Winter Gathering
Chair: Hassan Mahamdallie
Saturday, 28 November
9.30-11.00 Whose Words? Writing Islamicate fiction – an outside view.
Novelist and poet Naomi Foyle will talk about how she came to write Islamic-flavoured science fiction and how she seeks to avoid the pitfalls of cultural appropriation and orientalism.
Chair: Halima Gosai Hussain
11.00-11.30 Coffee Break
11.30-1pm Paid by the Word: Muslims and journalism – breaking out of the ghetto
Arifa Akbar – Literary editor of the Independent – talks on working in journalism today
Chair: Samia Rahman
2.00-3.30 The Word of God: Interpreting the Qu’ran
Dr Shuruq Naguib (Lancaster University) will examine pre-modern and classical textual traditions as well as Muslim responses to modernity and how contemporary female Muslim scholars read the tradition to develop their authority.
Chair: Shanon Shah
3.30-4.00 Coffee Break
4.00-5.30 Spreading the Word: Publishing Against the Stream
The legendary publisher Roger Van Zwanenberg, of Zed Press and Pluto Press, talks on the industry and the major challenges it faces today.
Chair: Asim Siddiqui
8.00-9.30 Saturday Night Entertainment
Sunday, 29 November
9.30-11.00 Celebrating the Word
Founders of the new exciting addition to the book calendar, the Bradford Literature Festival, Syima Aslam and Irna Qureshi will explore the world of Literature Festivals
Chair: Mohammed Abdul Aziz
11.00-11.15 Coffee Break
11.15-12.30 The Word at War: Talking to ISIS
Two journalists will discuss their experiences of working across the fraught boundaries between the media, human rights, government agencies and Islamist fighters - as well as the ethical issues and risks involved.
Chair: Ehsan Masood
12.30-1.00 The Word in Action
Our Writer in Residence reveals his work in progress in response to the Winter Gathering.
Muslim Institute’s 2016 Programme and closing remarks.
1.00-2.00 Lunch & Departure
Prayer facilities will be available