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Rumi: Lover whispers to my ear

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Rumi: Lover whispers to my ear
   
  
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Lover whispers to my ear,
“Better to be a prey than a hunter.
Make yourself My fool.
Stop trying to be the sun and become a speck!
Dwell at My door and be homeless.
Don’t pretend to be a candle, be a moth,
so you may taste the savor of Life
and know the power hidden in serving.”
 
(Rumi)
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Algerian lady forced to take a photo ID photo under French occupied Algeria; 1954-1963.
 
Photo: Algerian lady forced to take a photo ID photo under French occupied Algeria; 1954-1963.
 
Stationed against his will in Algeria, during a war for independence that lasted from 1954 to 1962, Marc Garanger avoided direct combat with the Algerian people by maneuvering his way into service as the personal photographer for one of his superiors in the French army. The strongest document to emerge from the more than 20,000 pictures he made came from the simplest assignment: take ID photos of the Algerians living in internment camps under military supervision. Over 10 days, he made about 2,000 portraits — mostly of women. Subjects were compelled to sit for his camera. They were photographed against bare walls. The reflection of blinding sunlight off the ground filled in the shadows.

  

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'The Drop That Became the Sea: Lyric Poems' By Yunus Emre (Author), Kabir Helminski (Author), Refik Algan (Author)
 
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'The Drop That Became the Sea: Lyric Poems'
By Yunus Emre (Author), Kabir Helminski (Author), Refik Algan (Author)
 
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This collection of poems introduces a general readership to Yunus Emre (1240-1321), called the "greatest folk poet in Islam" An unlettered Turkish shepherd who sang mystical songs that are still popular today, he was the first in a great tradition of Turkish Sufi troubadours who celebrated the Divine Presence as the intimate Beloved and Friend. Yunus's verse conveys the spirit and philosophy of Islamic mysticism in simple, earthy language.
 

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