Islamism: What it Means for the Middle East and the World by Tarek Osman

By Tarek Osman

A political, social, and cultural conflict is at present raging within the heart East. On one facet are the Islamists, those that think Islam could be the region’s basic identification. In competition are nationalists, secularists, royal households, army institutions, and others who view Islamism as a major possibility to nationwide safety, old identification, and a cohesive society.

This provocative, very important paintings explores the advance of the most important, so much influential Islamic teams within the center East during the last century. Tarek Osman examines why political Islam controlled to win successive elections and the way Islamist teams in quite a few international locations have spoke back after ascending to energy. He dissects the alliances that experience shaped between Islamist factions and opposed to them, addressing the real problems with Islamism’s compatibility with modernity, with the region’s stories within the 20th century, and its influence on social contracts and minorities. He explains what Salafism skill, its evolution, and connections to jihadist teams within the heart East. Osman speculates on what the Islamists’ clients for the longer term will suggest for the zone and the remainder of the area.

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Muslims, Jews, and Pagans: Studies on Early Islamic Medina by Michael Lecker

By Michael Lecker

This article examines the on hand resource fabric at the `Uliya quarter south of Medina at the eve of Islam and on the time of the Prophet Muhammad. It presents many of the helpful historical past for the research of the Prophet's background by using, as well as the Prophet's biographies, quite a few texts concerning the historical past, geography and population of this sector. the themes comprise the panorama, significantly the fortifications, the not on time conversion to Islam of components of the Aws tribe, the Quba' village and the incident of Masjid al-Dirar in nine A.H. the 3 appendices care for ancient apologetics, pointing to the social context within which the Prophet's biography emerged throughout the first Islamic century.

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Shared Idioms, Sacred Symbols, and the Articulation of by Kelly Pemberton, Michael Nijhawan

By Kelly Pemberton, Michael Nijhawan

How do textual content, functionality, and rhetoric at the same time replicate and problem notions of certain group and non secular identities? This quantity examines proof of shared idioms of sanctity inside a bigger framework of spiritual nationalism, literary productions, and communalism in South Asia. individuals to this quantity are relatively drawn to how substitute varieties of belonging and non secular imaginations in South Asia are articulated within the mild of normative, authoritative, and specific claims upon the illustration of identities. development upon new and vast historiographical and ethnographical facts, the e-book demanding situations straight forward categorizations of team id and issues to the advanced old and modern relationships among varied teams, agencies, partially via investigating the discursive formations which are usually subsumed below binary differences of dominant/subaltern, Hindu/Muslim or orthodox/heterodox. In this admire, the e-book deals a theoretical contribution past South Asia experiences by way of highlighting a necessity for a brand new interdisciplinary attempt in rethinking notions of identification, ethnicity, and religion.

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Light the Flame: 365 Days of Prayer by Andrew Harvey

By Andrew Harvey

The act of prayer has been recognized—by sages and skeptics alike—as a strong option to enact confident actual, non secular, and emotional switch. Prayer has the facility to take us past the rational brain, establishing our hearts and fascinating our souls. It brings us peace and overall healthiness. Its target is to uplift our spirits and convey us towards the divine.

In mild the Flame, instructor and poet Andrew Harvey has accrued the 365 prayers that experience most affected his lifestyles, delivering us an everyday reminder of the sacred. Drawing insights from worldwide, throughout religions, and an array of disciplines, Harvey offers notion from nice religious minds like Rumi and Thomas Merton, activists like César Chávez and mom Teresa, and philosophers like Nietzsche and Voltaire—plus he contains a few of his personal works. With subject matters that diversity from love and loss to harmony and transformation, this luminous ebook will catch your mind's eye and nourish your soul.

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Libanius the Sophist: Rhetoric, Reality, and Religion in the by Raffaella Cribiore

By Raffaella Cribiore

Libanius of Antioch used to be a rhetorician of infrequent ability and eloquence. So well known used to be he within the fourth century that his institution of rhetoric in Roman Syria grew to become one of the such a lot prestigious within the jap Empire. during this booklet, Raffaella Cribiore attracts on her distinctive wisdom of the whole physique of Libanius’s titanic literary output—including sixty four orations, 1,544 letters, and routines for his students—to supply the fullest highbrow portrait but of this impressive determine whom John Chrystostom known as “the sophist of the city."

Libanius (314–ca. 393) lived at a time whilst Christianity was once celebrating its triumph yet paganism attempted to withstand. even supposing himself a pagan, Libanius cultivated friendships inside Antioch’s Christian group and taught leaders of the Church together with Chrysostom and Basil of Caesarea. Cribiore calls him a “gray pagan” who didn't proportion the fanaticism of the Emperor Julian. Cribiore considers the position significant highbrow of Libanius’s quality performed during this religiously assorted society and tradition. whilst he wrote a letter or brought an oration, who was once he addressing and what did he wish to complete? something that stands proud in Libanius’s speeches is the startling volume of invective opposed to his enemies. How universal used to be personality assassination of this type? What was once the subtext to those speeches and the way could they've been obtained? tailored from the Townsend Lectures that Cribiore added at Cornell college in 2010, this publication brilliantly restores Libanius to his rightful position within the wealthy and culturally advanced global of past due Antiquity.

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The War Texts: 1 QM and Related Manuscripts (Companion to by Jean Duhaime

By Jean Duhaime

The conflict Texts is the identify given to a small workforce of useless Sea Scrolls that depict the practise for and some of the stages of the eschatological conflict among the 'Sons of Light' and the 'Sons of Darkness'. Jean Duhaime in short surveys the heritage of those texts from their preliminary discovery to their legit booklet. He describes different scrolls and provides info in their contents and their relationships to each other. Duhaime summarizes many of the purposes helping a courting of this composition to the Hellenistic or Roman interval and offers an instance of using the Bible within the struggle Texts. The individuals to the better half to the Qumran Scrolls sequence take account of all proper and lately released texts and supply wide bibliographies. The books within the sequence are authoritatively written in available language and are perfect for scholars and non-specialist students. better half to the Qumran Scrolls

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