I wasn't going to start work on another cover so soon but this concept just wouldn't take no for an answer.Print available here.
The Alchemy of Happiness (كيمياء السعادة), originally written in Persian, is the ultimate work of Persian theologian al-Ghazâli. (I haven't read it, but made a list of seminal works of literature in the Middle-East for inspiration.) This book is meant as a manual for living in accordance to sacred law (which to Ghazâli was the sunnah.) The alchemy here is "the spiritual alchemy that transforms the soul from worldliness to complete devotion to God," and thereby way results in happiness.
As an aside, both chemistry and alchemy originated in the Arab science of kimia2.
Symbolism crept into this design before I became conscious of it. I was using black, white and red as my work colors, and when it was time to choose final hues, realized that I already had there the 3 colors of alchemy (references to the stages of nigredo, rubedo, albedo). The design's very square nature at the base, turning into curves as it rises, was an intuitive decision, but as the square refers to the earth, the finite, and the circle to heaven and the infinite, this is in line with the purpose of the book. The background of Ghazâli's writings is Islamic theology and jurisprudence, hence the green, which also causes the red to fully stand out.