A Poet of the Invisible World: A Novel by Michael Golding

By Michael Golding

A FINALIST FOR THE LAMBDA LITERARY AWARD

In the culture of Hermann Hesse’s Siddhartha comes a brand new non secular novel that could be a lovely feat of storytelling and imagination.

A Poet of the Invisible international follows Nouri, a boy born in thirteenth-century Persia with 4 ears rather than . Orphaned as an baby, he’s taken right into a Sufi order, the place he meets an collection of dervishes and embarks on a direction towards religious awakening.

Along the best way, Nouri will locate himself within the luxurious court docket of a sultan, a barren farm within the hills of Spain, a bustling urban at the north coast of Africa, and a monastery perched excessive within the mountains. he'll fall in love―and encounter
an adversary who will try and spoil that love.

As Nouri stumbles from one event to the following, he grows into manhood. each one trial he endures will shatter one other problem within―and lead him towards transcendence.

Michael Golding’s earlier paintings has been defined as “brilliant” (The Cleveland simple Dealer) and “so lavish and so colourful, it’s like a meal within the outdoors, laid out on brocade” (Los Angeles Times). With this new novel, seven years within the writing, he has created a gripping story that offers with lots of life’s inner most questions. A Poet of the Invisible World will astonish readers because it awakens them to the poetry within themselves.

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If there are divergences in these fundamental beliefs and regulations, they are called schools such as the Sunni and Shi'i schools in Islam and the Nestorian in Christianity. We can therefore say that man, even if he does not believe in the Deity, can never be without religion if we recognize religion as a program for life based on firm belief. Religion can never be separated from life and is not simply a matter of ceremonial acts. The Holy Qur'an asserts that man has no choice but to follow religion, which is a path that God has placed before man so that by treading it man can reach Him.

Mu'awiyah knew that 'Ali had a strong faith and that the majority of his followers were sincere believers. Therefore, after he had done all he could to deceive the followers whose religious beliefs were weak, he started a war against 'Ali with a large army made up of people from Syria. The fighting continued for some time and several thousand people were killed on both sides. Just when victory was close at hand for 'Ali's side, Mu'awiyah turned the battle by means of a devilish trick. He asked 'Ali to stop fighting so they could arrange a truce, and 'Ali unwillingly accepted the offer for negotiations.

My two collaborators in the composition of these volumes, Seyyed Vali Reza Nasr and Hamid Dabashi, join me in thanking all the publishers and editors who have given us permission to reproduce sections from works published by them. In preparing this volume we are indebted to the contributions of Roy Mottahedeh and Charles Adams. We also thank Sarolyn Joseph for helping with the preparation of the manuscript. Wa ma tawfiqi illa bi'Llah Seyyed Hossein Nasr Page 9 PART I ORIGINS Page 10 Chapter One Shi'i View of Religion in General and Shi'ism in Particular To the ordinary adherents of a religion, that religion is seen as being the religion, although from the universal point of view it is one among many.

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