Bite-Sized Philosophy

Amin Maalouf On Expanding Our Definition Of Prayer

“Only a man at peace with his Creator could find sleep in a place of worship.”

Screenshot from Éric Rohmer’s 1970 film Claire’s Knee. A man and a young woman stand surrounded by trees, looking off into the distance. The subtitle reads: It’s too beautiful. It’s all this beauty that exhausts me after a while.
Photo credit: Criterion Babe. Claire’s Knee 1970, Éric Rohmer

In his stunning historical fiction Samarkand, Amin Maalouf crafts a historically-based story about Omar Kayyam during the time he was composing his famous Rubaiyat. Omar Kayyam was an…





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