By Mahmoud Darwish

Authoritative info and lovely photos in the back of the publication is a 12-page foldout timeline which are indifferent and displayed on a wall or become aware of board, providing an enticing fast visible connection with the major sessions, occasions and advancements of Islamic civilizations from nearly the seventh to the 20 th centuries advert. The 32-page e-book bargains introductions to every of the sessions and dynasties, with brief sections on specific topics and at the nice achievements of Islamic artwork and tradition over the centuries. either booklet and timeline are richly illustrated all through with colour images, together with a number of items from museum collections.

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Then what? You were united with her and you did not know her hands from yours. You both evaporated like a blue cloud without showing you were two bodies, two reflections, or . . -A metaphor of earth in us? -The sky? She: He: She: He: She: That is how love songs begin. So you once knew love! The more perfect the presence and the more the unknown is tamed, the more I am absent. It is winter. Perhaps I have become the past you prefer in winter. Perhaps... au revoir. Perhaps... au revoir! She Does Not Love You She does not love you.

She asks: Why do you mock? I say: So that the song finds a little bread to feed on from time to time. She asks: Why do we love and walk on empty roads? I say: To conquer a lot of death with a little death, and to escape the abyss. She asks: Why did I dream that I saw a swallow in my hand? I say: Because you need someone. She asks: Why do you remind me of a tomorrow that I will not see you in? I say: Because you are an attribute of eternity. She says: You will pass alone into the tunnel of night alone after I am gone.

You were called as you were, Love, and we fainted and the night fainted. I walk lightly, and grow older by ten minutes, twenty, sixty. I walk and the life in me slips gently away, like a light cough. I think, What if I were to slow down, what if I were to stop? Would I stop time? Would I upset death? I laugh at my idea. Then I ask myself, Where are you going, confident as an ostrich? I walk as if life someday makes good its deficiencies. I don't look back, for I can return to nothing, and can be no other.

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