The Civilization of the Book must now bring its Conference to a close. But the Conference never ends, it only adjourns. As I re-shelve you I pray, God forgive me for taking Your Book with such abandonment. Tomorrow, You Willing, I will continue my transformation. God, through a single book You transformed us into a civilization of books. Will we ever remember this transformation? Will the people of this nation once again transform into Your nation, a nation of books?
-Khaled M. Abou El Fadl, Conference of the Books: The Search for Beauty in Islam, p. 23