MikhailNaimy, widely recognized as one of the most important figures in modern Arabic letters, composed poetry which focused almost exclusively on spiritual matters.
Naimy's conception of poetry is shown to be a fundamentally Romantic one and the argument is advanced that Naimy's Romanticism facilitated his appropriation of Theosophical concepts.
Naimy's love poetry, for example, presents an evolution from poems portraying world-denying Theosophical attitudes to poems in which the heart's passions are shown to be necessary for humankind's successful pursuit of Truth.
Naimy weaves together mystical insights, practical ethics, poetry, philosophy, and ancient legend to create this work of inexhaustible riches that amply justifies its claims to be the "lighthouse for troubled souls".
This timeless allegorical story, which has touched the hearts of so many readers, continues to show new generations how it is possible to expand one's consciousness and to uncover God in man by dissolving man's sense of duality.
MikhailNaimy tells of the visit of the mysterious stranger, Mirdad, to the remote mountain monastery, the Ark. The...
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