Category: Islam

Christian Encounters with Iran: Engaging Muslim Thinkers by Sasan Tavassoli

By Sasan Tavassoli

The interface among the present Shi‘ite panorama and Christian considering is of the best value for the moving political and spiritual dynamics of the center East. Sasan Tavassoli right here examines Iranian Shi‘ite thinkers’ encounters with Christian inspiration because the Islamic revolution of 1979, and gives perception into the cultural and highbrow weather surrounding Christian-Muslim discussion in modern Iran. The literature on Christianity in Iran finds a variety of ways and attitudes, and Tavassoli demonstrates that conventional polemics are giving option to a extra descriptive and subjective figuring out of Christian suggestion. He additionally reports Muslim-Christian discussion and learn carried out and supported via governmental in addition to non-governmental enterprises, and provides an in depth exam, with interviews, of the paintings of 3 well-known liberal non secular intellectuals--Abdol Karim Soroush, Mostafa Malekian and Mojtahed Shabestari. putting modern Shi‘ite notion within the extensive historic context of pre- and post-revolution Iran, Tavassoli relates concrete spiritual, cultural and socio-political realities to the subjects and orientations within the most up-to-date section of the Shi‘i Islam-Christianity come across, and gives clean perception into the dynamism of latest Islam and the spiritual complexities of the Muslim global.

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Age of Jihad: Islamic State and the Great War for the Middle by Patrick Cockburn

By Patrick Cockburn

From the award-winning writer of The upward thrust of Islamic State, the fundamental tale of the center East’s disintegration

The Age of Jihad charts the turmoil of today’s center East and the devastating position the West has performed within the area from 2001 to the current. starting with the US-led invasion of Afghanistan, Cockburn explores the big geopolitical fight that's the Sunni–Shia clash, a conflict that shapes the battle on terror, western army interventions, the evolution of the insurgency, the civil wars in Yemen, Libya and Syria, the Arab Spring, the autumn of nearby dictators, and the increase of Islamic State.

As Cockburn indicates in arresting aspect, Islamic nation didn't explode into lifestyles in Syria within the wake of the Arab Spring, as traditional knowledge may have it. The association gestated over numerous years in occupied Iraq, ahead of turning out to be to the purpose the place it might probably threaten the soundness of the entire quarter. Cockburn was once the 1st Western journalist to warn of the risks posed by means of Islamic kingdom. His originality and breadth of imaginative and prescient make The Age of Jihad the main in-depth research of the neighborhood obstacle within the heart East to date.

“Patrick Cockburn noticed the emergence of ISIS a lot in advance of anyone else and wrote approximately it with a intensity of figuring out that used to be simply in a league of its personal. not anyone else used to be writing that stuff at the moment, and the judges puzzled even if the govt. should still think about pensioning off the total of MI6 and hiring Patrick Cockburn as a substitute. The breadth of his wisdom and his skill make connections is phenomenal.”
—Judges of the international Affairs Journalist of the yr Award 2014

“Quite easily, the simplest Western journalist at paintings within the center East today.”
—Seymour M. Hersh

“One of the simplest proficient on-the-ground newshounds. He was once mainly right on Iraq.”
—Sidney Blumenthal, in an e-mail to Hillary Clinton

“A compelling sequence of dispatches from a journalist who has discovered the not easy golden rule in Iraq: ‘to forecast the worst attainable outcome.’”

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Islam Means Peace: Understanding the Muslim Principle of by Amitabh Pal

By Amitabh Pal

Islam skill Peace: realizing the Muslim precept of Nonviolence at the present time offers a rebuttal to normal misperceptions concerning the faith by means of documenting its wealthy culture of nonviolence. thus, the ebook examines the assets of Islam—the Qur'an, the most spiritual textual content of Islam, and the Hadith, the deeds and sayings of the Prophet Muhammad. It contests the customary inspiration that Islam is outfitted on violence partly by means of illuminating the function of the tolerant, mystical culture of Sufism in Islam, whereas even as studying the misunderstood position of jihad within the faith. The ebook isn't really, although, a historic or theological treatise. fairly, it specializes in the culture of nonviolence in glossy Muslim societies. by means of spotlighting fresh peaceable protest activities in Muslim groups, the booklet underscores the actually worldwide and multicultural nature of the Islamic culture of nonviolence. The findings the following can be necessary for Muslims and non-Muslims alike, revealing an alternate culture either can embody.

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A Modern History of the Ismailis: Continuity and Change in a by Farhad Daftary

By Farhad Daftary

The Ismailis have loved a protracted, eventful and complicated heritage relationship again to the 8eigth century CE and originating within the Shi'i culture of Islam. in the course of the medieval interval, Ismailis of alternative regions--especially in valuable Asia, south Asia, Iran and Syria--developed and elaborated  their very own unique literary and highbrow traditions, that have made a good contribution to the tradition of Islam as an entire. whilst, the Ismailis within the center a while cut up into major teams who various non secular leaders. The Nizari Ismailis got here to have a line of imams now represented via the Agha Khans, whereas the Tayyibi Ismailis – identified in South Asia because the Bohras – got here to be led by means of da'is (vicegerents of the hid imams).

This assortment is the 1st scholarly try to survey the fashionable historical past of either Ismaili groupings because the center of the nineteenth century. It covers a number of topical concerns and issues, similar to the modernizing rules of the Aga Khans, and in addition comprises unique reviews of neighborhood advancements in Ismaili groups around the world. The individuals concentration too on how the Ismailis as a spiritual group have replied to the dual demanding situations of modernity and emigration to the West.

A glossy historical past of the Ismailis could be welcomed because the such a lot entire review but released of the new trajectory of this interesting and influential Shi'i community.

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Islam and the Political: Theory, Governance and by Amr G. E. Sabet

By Amr G. E. Sabet

This publication compares Islamic and Western political formulations, highlighting parts of contract and disparity. construction in this research, the writer is going directly to convey that political Islam bargains a significant substitute to the dominant political approach and beliefs of the West.Sabet argues that instead of resulting in a "Clash of Civlizations" or the assimilation of Islam into the Western procedure, a good technique of interactive self-reflection among Islam and liberal democracy is the way forward.Beginning this approach, Sabet highlights key techniques of Islamic political suggestion and brings them into discussion with Western modernity. The ensuing synthesis is key analyzing for complex undergraduate and graduate scholars of Islamic and heart jap politics, political idea, comparative politics and diplomacy.

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God’s Generals: The Military Lives of Moses, the Buddha and by Booby Brown

By Booby Brown

It's one of many extra startling proof of army heritage that the founders of 3 of the 4 'great religions'-Judaism, Buddhism, and Islam-were additionally entire box generals with huge event in commanding males in conflict. this type of, Muhammad, fought 8 battles and used to be wounded two times, as soon as nearly fatally. one other, Siddhartha Gautama (later to develop into the Buddha), witnessed loads battlefield carnage that he suffered a mental cave in. Moses had develop into a lot a 'god-intoxicated' character, it's a average suspicion that he, just like the Buddha, used to be murdered. certainly, had the stories of those males in battle now not been such a success, it truly is rather attainable that their achievements as spiritual leaders could by no means have happened. For all 3, conflict and faith have been so heavily intertwined of their personalities that it truly is tricky to parent the place the impact of 1 ended and the opposite started. This e-book makes an attempt to discover the army lives of Moses, the Buddha and Muhammad, and the position their struggle reviews performed of their spiritual lives.

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Slavery and Emancipation in Islamic East Africa: From Honor by Elisabeth McMahon

By Elisabeth McMahon

Reading the method of abolition at the island of Pemba off the East African coast within the overdue 19th and early 20th centuries, this booklet demonstrates the hyperlinks among emancipation and the redefinition of honor between all sessions of individuals at the island. through reading the social vulnerability of ex-slaves and the previous slave-owning elite brought on by the Abolition order of 1897, this examine argues that moments of resistance on Pemba mirrored an attempt to mitigate vulnerability instead of face up to the hegemonic strength of elites or the colonial country. because the meanings of the Swahili notice heshima shifted from honor to respectability, individuals' reputations got here lower than scrutiny and the Islamic kadhi and colonial courts grew to become an quintessential situation for interrogating reputations in the neighborhood. This learn illustrates the ways that former slaves used piety, acceptance, gossip, schooling, kinship, and witchcraft to barter the space among emancipation and native notions of belonging.

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