Courtesy أدب

“The drama of the soul is about bearing suffering, bearing it with dignity, not blaming anybody else but standing on your own feet before God. And this is where one really needs to learn to develop an inner Adab.”
— Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee

Ink, watercolor, metal leaf on Cotman paper 300gsm. 50x50 cm. Screen-printed Limited Edition listed in the Catalogue.

Date23 November 2011
StatusSold; Limited Edition Screenprints available.

    Adab (أدب) is “proper behaviour”, an art of courtesy and etiquette practiced in Middle Eastern societies. Here, it refers more specifically to an inner attitude consisting in bearing one’s troubles with maturity and accepting them as belonging to Life. It is “an ancient understanding of how to live the qualities of the Soul as a human being”. The design is uncolored because, by its very nature, this inner Adab doesn’t attract attention to itself.

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