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The Niche for Lights

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Mishkât Al-Anwar (The Niche For Lights): The classic work of Sufi mystical thinking

By Al-Ghazzali

Audiobook by Chirag Patel

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The classic work of Sufi mystical thinking from 1100CE, available in audiobook for the first time. It is also known as A Niche of Lamps.

 In the middle ages, Sufi scholars reconciled rationality and faith, both of which were ascendant in the empires of the time. This is one of the great philosophical and theological works from that period, and shows another side to Islam than the doctrinaire version that is more commonly spoken of.

 Al-Ghazali is often called “the proof of Islam” (hujjat al-islam), because he tried to bridge inquiry, legislation and mystical practice. One could call al-Ghazali the prototype Muslim intellectual.

This translation was done in 1823 by WHT Gairdner, who also includes a commentary upon the ideas that Al-Ghazzali presents.

The Niche of Lights, written near the end of his life, is about the need for balance between the authority of the divine and reason, seeing both as essential to real spiritual development.

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Another job for Biggles

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Another job for Biggles

by Cpt WE Johns

Audiobook by Chirag Patel

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An action packed adventure across Arabia in search of a new hashish.

A grave peril has reached London. Air Commodore Raymond of Scotland Yard has discovered a new drug, one being used for robberies and more. Gurra is a risk to civilization itself, and only one man can be entrusted to save it.

Can Biggles find the source before this new drug scourges civilisation?

Join the newly-promoted Detective Air-Inspector Bigglesworth as he is sent on a mission by Scotland Yard in the Arabia’s infamous Rub Al Khali, the Empty Quarter.

Accompanied by his old flying buddies Ginger and Bertie, Biggles travels to Aden, in order to fly out across the savage desert in search of a mysterious oasis, the only known source of a dangerous new drug. There they find the trusty Zahar, who has been betrayed and left to die by the servant of a perfidious crimelord.

Can Biggles and the gang survive the perils of the desert and achieve their mission of saving civilisation from this terrible new drug? Facing perils from dust storms and poisoning to drought to capture and mortal danger,

Captain Biggles shows off the best of british nobility and grit in this fast-paced adventure.

Cover Illustration by Stead

First Published in February 1951. Originally published in seven monthly parts as BIGGLES IN ARABIA in COLLINS MAGAZINE FOR BOYS AND GIRLS (February to August 1950)

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An Introduction to Chirag

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An Introduction to Chirag: Explore topics from business and education to sci fi and humour

by Chirag Patel

 

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A collection of chapters and snippets from the wide range of Chirag’s writing (and a few from narration). Includes chapter’s from…

The Art of Being Right: Learn how to spot bad faith tactics, avoid con tricks and win arguments

Posthumanity Rises: Follow robots, AI and posthumans into an epic future history [2020-2075]

Humanist History Before Europe. Follow our most evolved philosophy from its first civilisation through to its ‘birth’ in the Enlightenment and rebirth today as wellness and spirituality

Living from a suitcase: Join the exciting and implausible real-life journey of an English bohemian in London, SE Asia, the USA, & South Africa

Arthashastra, or, The Playbook of Material Gain: Pragmatic and amoral tips on how to gain, defend, and expand power from India’s greatest philosopher.

Get To Grips With Grown Up Topics: Thought-provoking & business focused articles on management theory, law, Occupy, political Warner Bros cartoons, and more

Development from toddlers & home to school & university: The pros, cons, and issues of different education systems.

The Exam & Essay Cheat Sheet: Friendly, bite-sized FAQs to get your best grades in exams and essays and stop losing easy marks

Get your best grades: Ace exams, survive sports, excel in essays, win argument, and avoid dumb mistakes that lose you marks

Unusual Topics & Interesting Reviews: get some opinions that’ll make you sound like a very learned and deep thinker in bite-sized chunks.

My Rise and Fall In The AI Apocalypse (2017-2072): One woman’s journey of power, discovery and loss through a changing century

Simple, Cheap & Organic Home Gardening: Bite-sized columns & stories about gardening in tough environments from the Eastern Cape, South Africa. Learn how to   compost, ferment, drought-proof, park build, and more.

Trick Kids into Learning Through Gardening: Posters, activities and guides for teaching academic subjects using a home garden with curriculum for maths, natural science, language and life orientation.

Sports psychology advice for surviving school: Tips on mental health, dealing with peer, coach and spectator pressure, getting back into condition, and even some advice for parents. Written by Greg Wilmot.

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My Rise and Fall In The AI Apocalypse (2017-2072)

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My Rise and Fall In The AI Apocalypse (2017-2072):

One woman’s journey of power, discovery and loss through a changing century (Still Light Book 2)

by Chirag Patel

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The 21st century will see great changes for humanity. True Artificial Intelligence comes into existence, and in its wake the world is ripped apart and reborn. In new technology ancient ways will find new expression, as the secret rulers of the world choose its future shape. It is a time of great change, of disaster and destruction matched only by the flowering of mind.

The book Posthumanity Rises charts the great events of this time; but what of the others? What about those who get caught up in events, but cannot guide them? Those who are given power, but not enough to be free?
They too have their stories, and this is one of them. Follow Aina from 2017 to 2072, as she becomes one of the custodians of the ultimate secret society, and discovers that divinity doesn’t bring control or security. Great events follow and command her, but her fate is to pick up the pieces, not cause the conflicts.

A standalone companion tale to Posthumanity Rises [2017-2070AD]

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Trick Kids into Learning Through Gardening

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Trick Kids into Learning Through Gardening:

A guide to home garden activities with everything from posters to curriculum advice.

by Chirag Patel, Marc Robson and Nicholas Molver

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A resource pack for teaching academic subjects using a home garden. Includes a complete 12 week plan to teach your children a wide range of topics through a garden.

Includes:
Posters
Teaching material
Companion planting guides
Simple activity guides and posters for teaching all the garden basics
Lists of useful plants and herbs to have in the garden
Environmental topics made digestible for small children
Maths, life orientation, natural science and language curriculum integration.

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