Author Archives: Ian Whiteman

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A Dip in the Ocean: the Complete Recordings – Now on Spotify.

In the summer months myself, like many who work independently, have down time when clients go on holiday and not much happens. Which is why it’s when I trawl through my files looking for uncompleted projects to work on and … Continue reading

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Moussem 1974 Meknes

It’s 1974 and the great Moussem is happening in Meknes a week after the actual Mawlid celebrations have taken place throughout Morocco. It is in the zawiyya and now the final resting place of Muhammad ibn Al Habib, may Allah … Continue reading

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Cleary with Arabic

Above: A sample page from the forthcoming English Qur’an translation by Thomas Cleary with parallel Arabic. About a year ago I reached blog saturation level which means I simply ran out of ideas to blog. My lightweight involvement with narcissagram … Continue reading

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The Enigma of Language

Forthcoming issue 4 of Renovatio Published in Berkeley CA. Designed in Orgiva, Spain. A paradox at the root of the question “What is language?” is that the answer will be expressed in language. Is language merely speech? Is it thought, … Continue reading

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Letters on the Spiritual Path

We’re pleased to announce that a new translation of the Letters of Moulay Al-Arabi Darqawi has been scheduled for release this coming May. The following blurb by the translators, which will accompany its release, is self explanatory and hints at … Continue reading

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The Problem of Ornamentation

 After all, what is beauty? [Looking through old drafts of blog posts I found this one. Not perfect and a bit of a rant but it has some good bits in it.] When looking at Muslim prayer apps the other day … Continue reading

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The Swedish connection

  Remarkably one of the earliest men in the Western world to embrace Islam and enter a Sufi order was Swedish, born Ivan Aguéli aka Abdal Hadi. He is famous in Sweden as an artist (featured above) and recently shared … Continue reading

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