Kamal Boullata
Nur ala nur
Silkscreen on paper, 1982, 76.5 cm x 56 cm

Nur ala nur’ (‘Light upon light’) is from the chapter of Light (al-Nur, Qur’an 24:35): ‘Light upon light, God guides whom He will to his light.’ ‘Throughout the 1980s’, Boullata has written, ‘I have been alternatively using verses from Christian as well as Muslim sources where the word “light” occurs. Having been raised in a Jerusalem Christian Arab family I felt free to borrow words from the Holy Qur’an or from the Sufis as well as from the Gospel of St John and from Church liturgy where the word appears. Light has been central to my work and it still is.’ (personal communication)