Published in Sanctum!

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A story I wrote as a senior at LUMS for a class on Islamic Spirituality was just published in the Fall 2010 issue of Columbia University’s bi-annual Journal of Religion, Sanctum. The story, titled “The Scholar, The Philosopher & The Soldier“, is set in the Golden Age of Islamic civilization, sometime during the Abbasid Caliphate (between the 9th and 12th centuries), and is a parable for three different approaches to Allah, The Divine Being, in classical Islamic tradition.  

It is a simple story; but it illustrates a large part of what I took away from that class (taught by Columbia alumnus Shaykh Kamaluddin Ahmed). Click here to read the story, and here to read the “sequel”, titled “Salar & The Sufi“.

Knock, and you shall enter

3 thoughts on “Published in Sanctum!

    Amna K said:
    January 7, 2011 at 6:27 am

    You write so beautiful! Both the pieces were brilliant. I thought I was reading Paulo Coelho. That’s a compliment in my books! :-)

    shayma said:
    January 6, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    this is going to be my evening read. congratulations, Manal. xo shayma

    Zuhaib said:
    January 6, 2011 at 1:47 pm

    Really amazing story of finding ourselves…specially the second part of the story…but i just wanna have your feedback regarding the character selection in second part…..means y not the philosopher or scholar? Because i believe if u r an intellectual person chances for disguising your own sins are much more.

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