The Latest: 27.3 | Beauty

Doris Behrens-Abouseif reads the extensive Islamic literature on beauty; Hasina Zaman contemplates a beautiful death; Henry Brefo castigates high fashion; Avaes Mohammed is enchanted with the beauty of his Sheikh; Giles Goddard estimates the price of a rainforest; a poetic short story by Alev Adil; and poems by Mustafa Abu Sneineh.

In Britain, I am one of a handful of female founders and directors – and perhaps the only Muslim one – of private funeral companies catering to people of all faiths.

The rise of Islamophobia has coincided with widespread commodification of Muslim culture. Muslim cultural aesthetics, fashion and iconography are taking centre stage in the visual economy.

He was a man already in his nineties when I first met him, too old to walk very much unaccompanied. Whenever we were granted audience with him he’d be sat almost motionless atop a heavily padded sofa. Flawlessly smooth skin, piercingly sharp eyes, and lips pursed intentfully. My master was iridescent.