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Wiki: The Prophet (book)
The Prophet is a book of 26 poetic essays written in English by the Lebanese artist, philosopher and writer Kahlil Gibran. It was originally published in 1923 by Alfred A. Knopf. It is Gibran’s best known work. The Prophet has been translated into over forty different languages
The prophet, Al-Mustafa who has lived in the foreign city of Orphalese for 12 years is about to board a ship which will carry him home. He is stopped by a group of people, with whom he discusses many of life and the human condition. The book is divided into chapters dealing with love, marriage, children, giving, eating and drinking, work, joy and sorrow, houses, clothes, buying and selling, crime and punishment, laws, freedom, reason and passion, pain, self-knowledge, teaching, friendship, talking, time, good and evil, prayer, pleasure, beauty, religion, and death.
About Kahlil Gibran
Gibran, Photograph by Fred Holland Day, c. 1898
Kahlil Gibran was a Lebanese American artist, poet, and writer, born in the town of Bsharri in modern-day Lebanon.
He is chiefly known in the English speaking world for his 1923 book The Prophet, an early example of inspirational fiction including a series of philosophical essays written in poetic English prose. Gibran is the third best-selling poet of all time, behind Shakespeare and Lao-Tzu.
Gibran was by no means a politician. He used to say : “I am not a politician, nor do I wish to become one” and “Spare me the political events and power strugges, as the whole earth is my homeland and all men are my fellow countrymen” 1
Garden of The Prophet
Gibran followed The Prophet with The Garden of The Prophet, which was published posthumously in 1933.
The Garden of the Prophet narrates Almustafa’s discussions with nine disciples following Almustafa’s return after an intervening absence. 2