Fons Vitae has recently decided to create a new section of books dedicated to the spiritual lives of children and teenagers. To this end, several works are underway which include al-Ghazali's Ihya’ Ulum al-Din for Children and volumes on both symbolism and metaphysics for the young. Fons Vitae invites submissions of manuscripts for this new endeavor.
The ancient antecedents of this tale are thought to have originated in India, but the first written version of the story was penned in Arabic by members of the Islamic "Brethren of Purity", Ikhwan al-Safa, a Sufi order, in the environs of Basra, Iraq, sometime before the tenth century of the Common Era. In their version, the story was the twenty-fifth of fifty-one "letters", or treatises, the Rasa'il comprising an encyclopedia, in which were described the mysteries and meaning of life.