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Based on extensive research into the history of
the Sufi guide Al Khidr,
God explores the early development of
Asian religion and the close relationships among Islamic and
Christian saints. Meeting God traces this
mysterious figure from the story of Eden and the Epic of
Gilgamesh to the medieval English poem Sir Gawain and the
Green Knight and into contemporary Arabia and California.
Meeting God draws on the author's travels in Arabia and
his conversations with scholars and leaders in the United Arab
Emirates and the Sultanate of Oman, as well as on discussions
with people who claim to have met Al Khidr.
colorful characters and lively dialogue combine erudition,
philosophical and theological speculation, and intrigue in a
creative mélange that will engage readers who love Umberto Eco's
Foucault's Pendulum or Carlos Ruiz Zafón's La sombra
del viento. Each time I read the book I find something new
to marvel about, discuss or research -- and yet never do my
questions interrupt the plot or the earthly reality of the
Eric W. Vogt
Professor of Spanish Golden Age Literature,
The Complete Poetry of Theresa of Avila.
was educated at the University of
California at Berkeley, the University of California at San
Diego, and the University of Washington. He taught at Ohio State
Trzyna is currently
Professor of English at the Seattle Pacific University, where he
teaches comparative religion, philosophy and literature. His
service as an international educational consultant brought him
into contact with many of the sources of Meeting God.