Canvas of the Soul: Mystic Poems from the Heartland of Arabia

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9781597842754: Canvas of the Soul: Mystic Poems from the Heartland of Arabia

From the heartland of Islam arise poems of fiery love and peace, composed by a modern-day female poet descended from a long line of Meccan (from Mecca) scholars. Reflecting the pulsing, indivisible bridge of the works of great Sufi mystics and poets to modern times, these spiritual pieces recall the beloved works of Rabi‘ah Al ‘Adawiyyah, Rumi and Hafiz. Drawing on a rich religious legacy and led by the Sufi tradition seeking Unity, the poems cover aspects related to spirituality and present-day challenges. The inspiring combination of the traditional and modern in these compositions will touch the inner souls and captivate the hearts of those interested in Higher Love in these turbulent times of transition and frantic search for peace

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From the Inside Flap:

"Nimah Nawwab's poetry invites the reader to delve into the expanse of the Creator's greatness and grace. It also challenges the readers to examine the reaches of their own souls and experience spiritual serenity and radiance."
- Tayyibah Taylor
Publisher & Editor-in-Chief of Azizah Magazine
"Nimah is such a questing spirit. We will probably never find the thing we seek, but the quest is validated by the love and desire we put into it. This is the joy of the seeker who never finds and, not finding, finds. These poems are echoes of the Feryad, the spirit's cry: "Help me! I am here, find me!" Read the poems and be there too."
- Mohamed Zakariya
 A preeminent ambassador of the art of Islamic calligraphy in USA
"Echoing the traditional Arabic devotional poetry and song of an Ibn al-Farid or Ibn al-'Arabi, Nimah Nawwab's heartfelt, spare, and moving English verses recreate the fire, longing, inspiration, and piercing metaphysical insight of those spiritual classics in a fresh and distinctive contemporary voice, like the intimate yearn­ing heart of the mystic's solitary night-vigil."
-Prof. James Morris
Department of Theology, Boston College and President of the Rumi Institute's international advisory council
"In the days of old, merchants, mystics, and travelers traveled via caravans in quest of riches from this world and the Beyond. They would stop periodically in "stations" to lighten their load, refresh their spirits, and prepare the journey ahead. In this magnificent collection of inspired and inspiring poetry, we as readers are taken along such a journey. Every poem of the remarkable poet Nimah Nawwab, who hails from the land of the House of God and carries the fragrance of the Blessed Prophet, serves as a station for readers to pause, reflect, and replenish our heart and souls. As is befitting of the poetry of the classical Sufi tradition, these poems use the richest of daily symbols to beckon us to return again and again to that majestic and celestial Home that is at once our Origin and our Destination."
- Omid Safi,
Professor of Islamic Studies, University of North Carolina
Author of Memories of Muhammad: Why the Prophet Matters 

From the Back Cover:

 "The voice of a female Saudi Arabian poet expressing her deep spiritual yearnings in Sufi- inspired poetry is indeed a rare but also precious experience amidst all the din of strife and anger that surrounds so many Muslims today. This voice recalls that Islam emphasizes not only Divine Justice but also Divine Mercy and that the Blessed Prophet reflected not only Divine Majesty (Jalal) but also Divine Beauty (Jamal), the latter possessing a female dimension that is so evident in classical Sufi poetry.
The present book is significant in that it reflects something of that classical expression of spiritual beauty in a contempo­rary language expressed by a female poet who hails from the land where the Blessed Prophet was born, carried out his prophetic mission and died."

- Seyyed Hossein Nasr
"Nimah is a talented writer and poet who isn't afraid to speak her mind and address issues that, quite frankly, are often ignored as a result of timidity. I commend her efforts in this noble initiative where the arts combine in powerfully written poetic compositions and a showcasing of Islamic arts."

- Sami Yusuf
International Musician, composer, UN Celebrity Partner and initiator of the Spiritique genre of music.

"The words on offer here are brilliant and enriching, drawing deeply from their Sufi legacy. Nimah Nawwab presents us an immediacy to the Beautiful Beyond, while refining the sensibility out of which our desires are purified. We heartily com­mend this volume of poems to readers/lovers everywhere."

- Daniel Skubik
Professor of law, ethics, and humanities in California Baptist University

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