Hasn't the Lord commanded us to recite and to bear witness? Here, in this small crowded space, is the endless recitation and the eternal murmurings of the Conference of Books. Who was ever foolish enough to believe there is a past and present? There is only the read and unread; otherwise, all times are ever present in this library.
-Khaled M. Abou El Fadl, Conference of the Books: The Search for Beauty in Islam, p. 1