Friday, 10 May 2013

The Tarjuman al-Ashwaq, by Ibn al-Arabi (excerpt)

The Arab Caravan from the Italian School

'My heart has become capable of every form,
It is a pasture for gazelles and a convent for Christian monks,
And a temple for idols and the pilgrim's Ka‘ba,
And the tables of the Tora and the book of the Koran.
I follow the religion of Love: whatever way Love's camels take,
That is my religion and my faith.'

Trans: Reynold A. Nicholson (1911).

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