Essays

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Sing and Ascend: Music and Divine Nostalgia in Medieval Arabic Thought 

ArabLit Quarterly, Vol. 4 Issue 1, 2021

Featured in the Spring 2021 issue of ArabLit Quarterly, this essay delineates the musical theories of Al-Kindi, Al-Farabi and Ibn Khaldun and the concept of 'Divine nostalgia'; that is, the evocation of God's unity through the synthesis of multiple musical elements into unified chords and compositions.

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The Celestial 'Polished Mirror': The mystical dimension of the Moon according to Muhyiddin Ibn Arabi

Journal of The Muhyiddin Ibn 'Arabi Society, Vol. 68

Awarded a commendation in the international Muhyiddin Ibn 'Arabi Society Young Writers Award 2019, this paper examines Ibn 'Arabi's references to the Moon as a metaphor for man becoming illuminated by the light of the Sun (God). It compares the astronomical process of the Moon's illumination over the course of twenty-eight days to Ibn Arabi's notion of the twenty-eight spiritual waystations, concluding that the Full Moon can be thought to represent the perfectly 'polished mirror' that shines with the Divine attributes.

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'Against The Trinity?': The Islamic-Christian conflict between Tawhid and Trinitarianism, The Compromise of Eastern Orthodoxy, and The Resolution of Mysticism

An independent research project exploring the Islamic philosopher Al-Kindi's rejection of the Christian Trinity, and resolutions to this conflict inspired by Eastern Orthodox (Greek and Syriac) theology and neoplatonic mysticism.

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The Mysticism of the Musawwira: A Commentary on Al-Kindi's Treatise 'On The Quiddity of Sleep and Dream'

A commentary on Al-Kindi's treatise 'On The Quiddity of Sleep and Dream'. Heavily influenced by the work of Aristotle, the text offers a mystical perspective on the nature of dreams and the Imagination ('The Musawwira') as an intermediary between the world of the senses and the Divine. The commentary invokes the work of later commentators on dreams and the imagination, such as Ibn Arabi and Henry Corbin, to inform a thorough analysis of the text, focusing especially on its spiritual implications that can be linked to a plethora of theories ranging from Islamic and Christian mysticism to Jungian psychology.

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Al-Kindi's Theory of The Magical Arts: A Commentary on Al-Kindi's Treatise 'On Rays'

A detailed commentary and analysis of the Medieval Islamic philosopher Al-Kindi’s magical treatise ‘On Rays’. The project attempts to explain the content of the treatise in depth and explore its connections with other esoteric traditions, from Sufism to Western Occultism. The work aims to revive this fascinating yet generally unknown text; something which has not been done in full since Robert Zoller and Robert Hand’s translation of the text in 1993.