BESHARA MAGAZINE

A Unifying Perspective in the Contemporary World 

Beshara Magazine is an independent, non-profit publication which aims to provide a platform for intelligent and thought-provoking material embodying a unifying perspective. Its concern is not with one particular field of activity, but with unitative ideas and initiatives as they arise in many different areas of contemporary thought – for example, within the spiritual traditions, the sciences, economics and finance, and the arts, as well as in our developing understanding of the environment and the fundamentals of well-being.

Our aim is to present a few articles each month, allowing the content to grow into a substantial collection over time. As such, we hark back to the original root of the word ‘magazine’, which derives from the Arabic term for a storehouse or treasury (makhan pl. makhāzin), as well as to its 19th century English usage as “a storehouse for information” or “a portable receptacle for valuable things”. The word Beshara is originally Aramaic, and its meaning can be rendered as “good news”; thus it, too, indicates the very positive and valuable effect that any movement towards a more inclusive and harmonious perspective represents.

Beshara magazine is published by the Beshara Trust, a UK-based educational charity ( Reg. nos. 296769 England & Wales, SC039933 Scotland). It is supported entirely by donations and voluntary work. Any donations received through this website go towards editorial expenses and support of the web-site.

Editor: Jane Clark

Assistant Editor: Michael Hornsby

Editorial Team: Michael Cohen, David Hornsby, Martin Lam, Judy Kearns, Elizabeth Roberts, Richard Twinch, Cecilia Twinch.

The Revival of the Commons

Political strategist David Bollier explains how a new economic/cultural paradigm is challenging the increasing ‘enclosure’ of wealth and human creativity.

“Identity and human flourishing come about through having a connection, a relationship with others, including non-human life and the earth itself.”

A New Architectural Language for Islam

The inclusive vision of Glenn Murcutt’s Australian Islamic Centre

“The building sets out to be physically and psychologically inclusive. It speaks eloquently of both its current Australian context and ancient Islamic culture”

Solitude in the Modern World

Jane Clark on the spiritual foundations of a cultural phenomenon

“…the notion of solitude was essential to the development of concepts we now see as foundational for western society: individualism, freedom, social and political equality, democracy”

Yoga: a spiritual practice for our time

Judith Hanson Lasater talks to Elizabeth Roberts

“This is the freedom that yoga offers: it allows us to find that moment when we can choose the empathetic response, the compassionate response.”

Doughnut Economics

Richard Twinch contemplates the message of an important new book by economist Kate Raworth

The most powerful tool in economics is not money, nor even algebra. It is a pencil. Because with a pencil you can redraw the world.

A ‘Quite Interesting’ Approach to Education

John Lloyd talks to Jane Clark and Hilary Papworth about the philosophy behind the QI project

Nothing is as simple or obvious as it seems. Everything has an underside – something hidden deep inside it which is completely astonishing.

Narratives for a Unified World

Andrew Singer talks about the vision behind the literary journal Trafika Europe

“Regardless of the political and economic uncertainty, there is a cultural continuity and a unity to Europe that already stretches back hundreds of years.”

A Biology of Wonder

Dr Andreas Weber talks to David Hornsby about a new vision of nature

“It is intrinsic to life to create the experience of self through connection. What is the difference between this and saying that there is an intrinsic yearning to love?”

Poacher’s Pilgrimage – A Journey with Alastair McIntosh

A review by Jim Griffin

“The Western Isles are often referred to as ‘thin places’ – places where the separation between the divine and the human easily breaks down”

A Thing of Beauty…

David Apthorp praises the Sokollu Mehmet Pasha Mosque in Istanbul

Standing here, before the plain, unadorned mihrab, it as if one has been brought to some ultimate secret

CONTACT

Editorial Enquiries:

Jane Clark, Editor

jane.clark(at)besharamagazine.org