Category Archives: typography / design

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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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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