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GUST Hosted Workshops on Defining the Problems and Strategies of Translating Classics of World Literature

28 January 2019

Gulf University for Science and Technology’s (GUST) Global Studies Center (GSC) hosted a series of workshops and panel discussions on its campus to debate and discuss the challenges involved in defining and translating classic works of literature. The seminars, led by prominent field experts, are part of the GSC’s ongoing effort to bring outstanding speakers and stimulating topics to GUST and the wider community.

The main speakers are Dr. Bruce Lawrence (Professor Emeritus of Islamic Studies, Duke University), and Dr. miriam cooke (Professor Emerita of Arab Cultures, Duke University).

The first day of the series included workshops focusing on problems encountered in the translation of the Holy Qur’an – a project currently being undertaken by Professor Lawrence in collaboration with GUST English Professor and poet, Dr. Mohammed Habib.

This workshop will be dedicated to an issue that has global significance: how do we define the “classics” of world literature, how do we translate them across various languages and cultures, and the problems that a translator faces.


The second day featured a series of three interactive sessions lead by local and international experts from universities across Kuwait to discuss the translation of particular passages from various works of literature with active participation of the audience.


Director of the Global Studies Center Dr. Fahed Al-Sumait said, “It was such an enriching couple of days here at GUST, and it was such a privilege to be able to bring to Kuwait some of the world’s most renowned experts in their respective fields.  I hope that their visit to our university, and the discussions held with our professors and students helped to augment their already-deep understanding of Arabic and Islamic culture.”

GUST continues to build on its mission to become a knowledge-hub that benefits and engages students, academics, and the wider community in Kuwait. This particular event follows in the footsteps of other major conferences recently hosted by the university, such as the International Federation for Information Processing Conference, which assembled around 75 scholars from around the globe to present their research findings. Further information on the world literature conference – including featured speakers, their bios, and workshop topics – can be found on (https://gsc.gust.edu.kw/workshops).