Rihla (The Journey) – was the short title of a 14th Century (1355 CE) book written in Fez by the Islamic legal scholar Ibn Jazayy al-Kalbi of Granada who recorded and then transcribed the dictated travelogue of the Tangerian, Ibn Battuta. The book’s full title was A Gift to Those who Contemplate the Wonders of Cities and the Marvels of Travelling and somehow the title of Ibn Jazayy's book of Ibn Battuta's travels captures the ethos of many of the city and country journeys I have been lucky to take in past years.
I do not have a rigid belief system but I do like experiencing and trying to interpret the structural conversations that we as humans from the earliest beginnings have designed and built, both as individuals and communities to have with God and the Gods.
In many personal journeys, to highlight a few, from the temple complex of Gobekli Tepe near Sanliurfa in Turkey of circa 9000BCE (see: http://deworde.blogspot.com/2012/04/rihla-journey-28-gobekli-tepe-sanliurfa.html) , to the 320BCE temple complex of Zeus Lykaios in Mt Lykaion, Arcadia, Greece ( see: http://deworde.blogspot.com/2021/02/rihla-journey-70-mt-lykaion-arcadia.html) to the pillar of St Simeon Stylites in 450CE Telanissa, Aleppo, Syria, to the 537CE Haghia Sofia in Istanbul, to the 2001CE Sultan Qaboos mosque in Muscat, Oman all of these constructs directed towards the heavens are magnificent in their execution in their ambition of faith.
This particular Rihla is a pictorial journey, in the main, depicting some specific Eastern Orthodox monastic structural conversations – or praxis with their Logos – in Meteora and Mount Athos, Greece; built to provide shelter, to educate, to withdraw from, to show the path, to illuminate, to impress and to survive the intrusions of Mammon.