Category Archives: typography / design

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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The Sky is Filling Up

  I have had for some time now an app called Flight Radar 24 which some readers may be familiar with. This isn’t a plug for it, but a little perusal of this app will doubtless surprise you. It did … Continue reading

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Music to my Ears

My Ramadan afternoons, when the blood sugar reaches low levels, have been spent watching some of the lectures by Abdal Hakim Murad (Tim Winter) on YouTube given in his college’s annual retreat last year. I can strongly recommend his lecture … Continue reading

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Unplanned Permanence

Whilst doing the washing up after supper last night it dawned on me that the fish slice I had just used to flip my egg-in-the nest was the actual fish slice my mother was using in the 1950s when I … Continue reading

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Pearls of the Faith

A book that recently left my desk to the printers after sitting in my computer for over ten years is the book illustrated above: Pearls of the Faith by British Victorian journalist and traveller Sir Edwin Arnold. First published in 1884 it … Continue reading

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Pass the Parcel

  The graveyard of 6 million at Najaf, south of Baghdad. Professional journalists usually have to fill column inches to order, which accounts for their flights of fancy or in many cases outright lies. Bloggers, unless they are driven lunatics, … Continue reading

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