Outreach

5 Amazing Facts About Islam in Western Culture

Transmission of Greek philosophy – Perhaps the greatest Muslim contribution to European civilization began in the 8th century when Muslim scholars inherited volumes of Greek philosophy. The wisdom in ancient Greek texts, which had been lost to Europeans, was translated from Latin to Arabic by Muslim scholars, thus creating one of the greatest transmissions of…… Continue reading 5 Amazing Facts About Islam in Western Culture

Travels

Plato’s light at the Hagia Sophia

I visited the Hagia Sophia at the end of 2011. It is the most magnificent building I have ever seen. A truly inspiring and breathtaking experience.

Quoted

Quoted: On anger and being angry

‘Anger is never without reason, but seldom with a good one’. – Benjamin Franklin ‘Anyone who angers you, conquers you’. – Anonymous ‘There are two things a person should never be angry at, what they can help, and what they cannot’. – Plato ‘Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the…… Continue reading Quoted: On anger and being angry

Poems

A Poem of Ibn Arabi’s

Ibn ʿArabī (Arabic: ابن عربي‎) (Murcia July 28, 1165 – Damascus November 10, 1240) was an Arab Andalusian Sufi mystic and philosopher.  He is sometimes referred to as “the Son of Plato” (Ibn Aflatun) for his devotion to Plato. My heart has grown capable of taking on all forms It is a pasture for gazelles A table for the Torah A convent for Christians…… Continue reading A Poem of Ibn Arabi’s

Film-work

Reading Plato’s ‘Apology’ in Greece