The Wisdom of the Arabs

Pages: 254
Subject: Gift Books
Imprint: Oneworld
Illustrations: 30 colour illustrations

The Wisdom of the Arabs

Suheil Badi Bushrui

Excavates the rich vein of wisdom that characterises Arab literature, from Kahlil Gibran to the fabled delights of the Arabian Nights and the sacred verses of the Qur'an.

The Book

Characterized by its learning and spirituality, the culture of the Arab world has flourished at the crossroads of history, a rich source of perennial philosophy expressed through a diverse range of literature and poetry, both religious and secular.

The Wisdom of the Arabs draws on this vast spectrum of writings, from classical literature and the holy Qur'an to traditional folk sayings and the more recent wisdom of Kahlil Gibran. Thought-provoking and engaging, these passages offer advice on everything from the demands of daily life to the path of leadership and the search for the divine.

Offering a combination of practical and spiritual wisdom, as well as a deeper insight into the joys, sadnesses, and passions of the Arab peoples, this little treasury will provide nurture and nourishment for readers of all backgrounds.

Additional Information

Subject Gift Books
Pages 254
Imprint Oneworld
Illustrations 30 colour illustrations


About the Author

Suheil Bushrui is a major authority on Arabic and Lebanese literature and an expert on the Lebanese poet, Kahlil Gibran. He is currently Professor and Director of the University of Maryland Kahlil Gibran Research and Studies Project, a fellow of the Temenos Academy (UK), and the author of numerous books and articles on Arabic, Aglo-Irish and English literatures.


"Perfect bedside books to end the day with words 'firm fixing, never forgotten."

- Temenos Academy Review

Table of Contents

Divine path 21

Being virtuous 53

The art of self-restraint 81

Dailt life 111

Becoming a leader 179

Art and learning 217

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