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An additional note on prayer

This poem captures a lot of what I was stumbling about in an earlier post trying to explain. Prayer is like the following for me; it leads me places I never imagined and it, along with sefless love, is a pure act of devotion and a wonderful tool for moral navigation in this life.

The poet is Ibn Arabi and a few of the lines seem extremely topical for the present age. If you want to learn more about the man, go to the following website. Very interesting fellow.

Wonder

Wonder, A garden among the flames!

My heart can take on any form:

A meadow for gazelles,

A cloister for monks,

For the idols, sacred ground, Ka’ba for the circling pilgrim,

The tables of the Torah,

The scrolls of the Quran.

My creed is Love;

Wherever its caravan turns along the way,

That is my belief, My faith. – Ibn Arabi
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My name is Michael Sean Gallagher. I am a Lecturer in Digital Education at the Centre for Research in Digital Education at the University of Edinburgh. I am Co-Founder and Director of Panoply Digital, a consultancy dedicated to ICT and mobile for development (M4D); we have worked with USAID, GSMA, UN Habitat, Cambridge University and more on education and development projects. I was a researcher on the Near Futures Teaching project, a project that explores how teaching at The University of Edinburgh unfold over the coming decades, as technology, social trends, patterns of mobility, new methods and new media continue to shift what it means to be at university. Previously, I was the Research Associate on the NERC, ESRC, and AHRC Global Challenges Research Fund sponsored GCRF Research for Emergency Aftershock Forecasting (REAR) project. I was an Assistant Professor at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (한국외국어대학교) in Seoul, Korea. I have also completed a doctorate at University College London (formerly the independent Institute of Education, University of London) on mobile learning in the humanities in Korea.

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