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No God But God

Author : Reza Aslan
ISBN : 9781407009285
Genre : Religion
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*Ten years on from 9/11, much of the Muslim faith remains largely unknown and misunderstood in the West. *While there have been a number of successful books on the topic of Islamic history - from Karen Armstrong's Islam: A Brief History to Bernard Lewis's The Crises of Islam - there is surprisingly no book for a popular audience about Islam as a religion, let alone one by an author from an Islamic background. *No God But God fills that gap, addressing issues of belief: the difference between the Quran and the Bible, the meaning of the Hajj, the Muslim relationship with Jesus, the Muslim attitude towards Jews, equality between the sexes and more. * This revised and updated edition includes a wealth of new material and new chapters covering recent uprisings in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya; the changing face of Islam in Europe and North Africa; and a number of topics of heated debate (the veil controversy; Islam & women; Iraq War as a Jihadi recruiting agent etc).

Studying Islam In Practice

Author : Gabriele Marranci
ISBN : 9781317914235
Genre : Religion
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This book presents Islam as a lived religion through observation and discussion of how Muslims from a variety of countries, traditions and views practice their religion. It conveys the experiences of researchers from different disciplinary backgrounds and demonstrates the dynamic and heterogeneous world of Islam. The fascinating case studies range from Turkey, Egypt, Morocco and Lebanon to the UK, USA, Australia and Indonesia, and cover topics such as music, art, education, law, gender and sexuality. Together they will help students understand how research into religious practice is carried out, and what issues and challenges arise.

How To Defeat Religion In 10 Easy Steps

Author : Ryan Cragun
ISBN : 9781634310147
Genre : Social Science
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Do you want the greatest challenges of the day to be addressed with thoughtful, reality-based solutions rather than with cherry-picked quotations from scripture? Do you want to shrink religion—especially fundamentalist religion—to the point that it plays no noticeable role in American public life? Do you want right-wing religious leaders to be so unpopular that politicians avoid them rather than pander to them for endorsements? Drawing on the latest social-scientific research on religion to help interested nonbelievers—and even progressive believers—weaken the influence of fundamentalist religion in society at large, How to Defeat Religion in 10 Easy Steps illustrates specific, actionable steps we all can take to facilitate fundamentalist religion's decline. It covers topics as far ranging as education, welfare, sex, science, capitalism, and Christmas, and each of the 10 chapters focuses on a specific action that research has shown can weaken religion, detailing why and how, and concluding with specific recommendations for individuals, local groups, and national organizations.

Humanism The Untold Tale

Author : Chirag Patel
Genre : Philosophy
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Humanism has a history and tradition as long and complex as any major religion, and older than most religions. It has traced a conceptual path around Eurasia, holding onto remnants of each place. Secular humanism has hidden much of this history from us. In insisting that humanism is a science-based, post-enlightenment European project, it has left us without the core spiritual and social components that humanism's rich history has left us. This book aims to redress the balance by exploring Humanism's path from China, through India, the Middle East, northern Africa and finally Europe. Humanism has a history and tradition as long and complex as any major religion, and older than most religions. It has traced a conceptual path around Eurasia, holding onto remnants of each place. This book aims to redress the balance by exploring Humanism's path from China, through India, the Middle East, northern Africa and finally Europe. From the preface: By the time family friend of Rishabh persuaded to look seriously at Buddhism, I realised that the problem was in a misconception of religion. Buddhism wasn’t a religion at all. It was the bits of religion that greased the wheels of people’s lives, without the gods and rules. Buddhism is one of the first real humanist philosophies, but it was excluded from all discussion of humanism in the popular realm. It was about seeing the divine in the world, just like the Christian Gnostics (but very unlike any church). When I realised this, a lot of things fell into place. Reading around, I found a wide range of practices and behaviours that originated somewhere in humanism’s journey around the globe, but which were either ignored or redefined within humanist discourse. I found that Confucianism shares a lot more with Debrett's Etiquette and Modern Manners than it does to the Bible. Taoism doesn’t have any rituals or deities, but is basically an attitude. Even within Islam, the Sufis and Ulema were scholars of the human condition, not arbiters of divine law. Humanism was suddenly everywhere. From the Islamic legal code that was the source of all modern law, to the motivating Confucian virtue of ren, from Buddhism’s insistence that all life must be respected to the north African and Spanish mathematical and philosophical scholars who kick started the renaissance, we found a story that far transcended the narrow European, post-enlightenment focus we’d been told it had, and traced a story that went all the way back to the culture of our forebears, thousands of years before and half the world away. Humanism is the one strand of belief that’s never had a real home, but instead has travelled across cultures, ending up trapped within the narrow blinders of scientific humanism. This is its real path and tale. Chapter summary 1: The Real History of Humanism (600BCE – 1600CE): there is a common and continuous Eurasian tradition of humanism from around 600 BCE. Buddhism, Daoism, Confucianism, and fiqh form a traceable conceptual lineage that shows the evolution of humanism from spiritual to ethical and legal, persisting in modern notionally Secular Humanism. 2: Spiritual Humanism (600BCE – 200CE): The first humanist cultures were born under Buddhism and Daoism, rejecting the metaphysical but retaining the spiritual. This creates a model for humanism that is largely lacking in secular humanist discourse. 3: Confucianism As The Source Of Humanist Ethics (200-700CE): The first practical, coherent humanist ethical system was Confucianism, which still forms a baseline for humanist ethical practice. 4: The Influence Of Abbasid Law And Culture On Post-Renaissance Europe (700-1200CE): The culture that was born in the renaissance, and in which humanism is deeply embedded, in fact originated in the Middle East. This extended to academic, legal and ethical strictures that persist in modern Europe. 5: Mindfulness, Modern Medicine, And The Debt To Humanist History (modern era): Modern medical practice, amongst many other fields, could benefit from looking to humanism’s past for codifications on legal, ethical and spiritual matters.

Beyond Fundamentalism

Author : Reza Aslan
ISBN : 0679604243
Genre : Religion
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“A very persuasive argument for the best way to counter jihadism” (The Washington Post) from the bestselling author of Zealot and host of CNN’s Believer The wars in the Middle East have become religious wars in which God is believed to be directly engaged on behalf of one side against the other. The hijackers who attacked America on September 11, 2001, thought they were fighting in the name of God. According to award-winning writer and scholar of religions Reza Aslan, the United States, by infusing the War on Terror with its own religiously polarizing rhetoric, is fighting a similar war—a war that can’t be won. Beyond Fundamentalism is both an in-depth study of the ideology fueling militants throughout the Muslim world and an exploration of religious violence in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. At a time when religion and politics increasingly share the same vocabulary and function in the same sphere, Aslan writes that we must strip the conflicts of our world of their religious connotations and address the earthly grievances that always lie at its root. How do you win a religious war? By refusing to fight in one. Featuring new content and updated analysis • Originally published as How to Win a Cosmic War “[A] thoughtful analysis of America’s War on Terror.” —The New Yorker “Offers a very persuasive argument for the best way to counter jihadism.”—The Washington Post “[Reza] Aslan dissects a complex subject (terrorism and globalization) and distills it with a mix of narrative writing, personal anecdotes, reportage and historical analysis.”—San Francisco Chronicle “Aslan is not only a perspicuous, thoughtful interpreter of the Muslim world but also a subtle psychologist of the call to jihad.”—Los Angeles Times “[A] meaty analysis of the rise of Jihadism . . . dispels common misconceptions of the War on Terror age.”—San Jose Mercury News “It is Aslan’s great gift to see things clearly, and to say them clearly, and in this important new work he offers us a way forward. He is prescriptive and passionate, and his book will make you think.”—Jon Meacham, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of American Lion

Army History

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ISBN : STANFORD:36105214546413
Genre : Military history
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Christian Home Educators Curriculum Manual

Author : Cathy Duffy
ISBN : 0929320107
Genre : Christian education
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Future Survey Annual

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ISBN : STANFORD:36105118582928
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Small Press Record Of Books In Print

Author : Len Fulton
ISBN : NWU:35556023406747
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