The Gardens of Russell Page

I lived in East Finchley and the neighbouring Muswell Hill and Highgate in North London from 2009 – 2011. Here I met, under rather unique circumstance, Ken Pledge, a former physics lecturer and a student of the Sufism teachers John G. Bennett, Idries Shah, P.D. Ouspensky and G.I. Gurdjieff. Continue reading

The Way of the Sufi Gardener

This is a chapter from Idries Shah’s Book “The Way of the Sufi” (Penguin Books, London, 1974). It can be found under the chapter “Chishti Order” – this is as such a story narrated by Shah, but is originally a story from the Chisthi Order Sufis.Continue reading

Immigration, Integration & Culture: The Islamic Garden as Space for Diverse Communities

Gardens, Mental Order, Social Health

In the past Summer (2017) I exhibited in Berlin, as part of an art festival “48 Hours Neu-Kölln” and “Open Gardens”. Both events mark the art world of Berlin quite distinctivly. 48 Hours markets itself as “Emerging Art/Underground”. Open Gardens is an events created by the Prussian Cultural Heritage Board.Continue reading

Emma Clark: The Art of the Islamic Garden, Book Review

"Books are the gardens of scholars." ~ Ali ibn Talib (as)

It is Autumn, 2017. This past summer I exhibited some art work in a garden in Berlin as part of an art festival and studied the culture and history of the Islamic garden. The Berlin garden was pretty yet somewhat chaotic (so Berlin!) and I longed for the calm composition, clarity and artistic refinement of the real thing.

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