"The Prophet" by Gibran Khalil Gibran represents the essence of his thoughts and experiences. It represents his views on life, love, marriage, freedom, laws, mercy, punishment, ethics and more. It represents his documented and published knowledge, and his ideas which are available to all, for deliberation, debate, change, and development within and of itself.
In 1931, Gibran wrote about his book "The Prophet" saying, "This little book took over my life. I wanted to be certain that every word was presented in the best possible way".
His effort was not in vain. His work has been translated into more than forty languages, and is still being circulated by millions of readers around the world.
To me, his book was a model for research, documentation, and publication.
I found a great consensus between his model and research I had previously done on the first 5 verses of the Holy Quran which start with the word "read".
Through this research I found that the verses call for mankind to learn, and urges the use of all the available ways for the transfer of knowledge and the documentation of what can survive and spread. These verses contain a curriculum that is brief, comprehensive and simple at the same time.
As for myself, I found in Gibran's experience and his book a practical way to use the research and documentation of knowledge and science that the versus of the Quran call for.