• Islam
      October 2016

      Muslims and the Making of America

      by Amir Hussain

      "There has never been an America without Muslims"—so begins Amir Hussain, one of the most important scholars and teachers of Islam in America. Hussain, who is himself an American Muslim, contends that Muslims played an essential role in the creation and cultivation of the United States. Memories of 9/11 and the rise of global terrorism fuel concerns about American Muslims. The fear of American Muslims in part stems from the stereotype that all followers of Islam are violent extremists who want to overturn the American way of life. Inherent to this stereotype is the popular misconception that Islam is a new religion to America. In Muslims and the Making of America Hussain directly addresses both of these stereotypes. Far from undermining America, Islam and American Muslims have been, and continue to be, important threads in the fabric of American life. Hussain chronicles the history of Islam in America to underscore the valuable cultural influence of Muslims on American life. He then rivets attention on music, sports, and culture as key areas in which Muslims have shaped and transformed American identity. America, Hussain concludes, would not exist as it does today without the essential contributions made by its Muslim citizens. ; Introduction: The American Ideal and Islam1. Islam in America: A Short History2. Blues for Allah: Music3. The Greatest: Sports4. American Mosques: CultureConclusion: The Poetry of Ordinary American Muslim Lives

    • Humanities & Social Sciences
      March 2018

      Leaving Faith Behind

      The journeys and perspectives of people who have chosen to leave Islam

      by Fiyaz Mughal, Aliyah Saleem

      The first book of its kind, Leaving Faith Behind tells the true stories of women and men who were born into Muslim families and have made the difficult decision to leave Islam. Stories include the woman who has struggled to live without the hijab because of emotional abuse and threats from her family, the man who was shunned by his community after coming out as gay, the bisexual woman who ran away from home and the man who has created underground networks connecting ostracised and scared ex-Muslims.

    • Humanities & Social Sciences
      October 2018

      Rationalization in Religions

      Judaism, Christianity and Islam

      by Yohanan Friedmann, Christoph Markschies

      Current tendencies in religious studies and theology show a growing interest for the interchange between religions and the cultures of rationalization surrounding them. The studies published in this volume, based on the international conferences of both the Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften and the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities, aim to contribute to this field of interest by dealing with concepts and influences of rationalization in Judaism, Christianity, Islam and religion in general. In addition to taking a closer look at the immediate links in the history of tradition between those rationalizing movements and evolutions in religion, emphasis is put on intellectual-historical convergences: Therefore, the articles are led by central comparative questions, such as what factors foster/hinder rationalization?; where are criteria for rationalization drawn from?; in which institutions is rationalization taking place?; who propagates, supports and utilizes rationalization?

    • Humanities & Social Sciences
      September 2018

      The Quranic Jesus

      A New Interpretation

      by Carlos A. Segovia

      Is it possible to rethink the multilayered and polyvalent Christology of the Qur’ān against the intersecting of competing peripheral Christianities, anti-Jewish Christian polemics, and the making of a new Arab state in the 7th-century Near East? To what extent may this help us to decipher, moreover, the intricate redactional process of the quranic corpus? And can we unearth from any conclusions as to the tension between a messianic-oriented and a prophetic-guided religious thought buried in the document? By analysing, first, the typology and plausible date of the Jesus texts contained in the Qur’ān (which implies moving far beyond both the habitual chronology of the Qur’ān and the common thematic division of the passages in question) and by examining, in the second place, the Qur’ān’s earliest Christology via-à-vis its later (and indeed much better known) Muhamadan kerygma, the present study answers these crucial questions and, thereby, sheds new light on the Qur’ān’s original sectarian milieu and pre-canonical development.

    • Humanities & Social Sciences
      August 2018

      Interpretations of Jihad in South Asia

      An Intellectual History

      by Tariq Rahman

      In the wake of radical Islamist terrorist attacks described as jihad worldwide and in South Asia, it is imperative that there should be a book-length study of this idea in this part of the world. The focus of the study is the idea of jihad with its changing interpretations mostly those available in exegetical literature of key figures in South Asia. The hermeneutic devices used to understand the meaning of the Quranic verses and the Prophetic traditions relating to jihad will be the focus of this study. The main thrust of the study is to understand how interpretations of jihad vary. It is seen as being both defensive and aggressive by traditionalists; only defensive and mainly about moral improvement by progressive Muslims; and being insurrectionist, aggressive, eternal and justifying violence against civilians by radical Islamists. One purpose of the book is to understand how the radical interpretation came to South Asia. The book also explains how theories about jihad are influenced by the political and social circumstances of the period and how these insights feed into practice legitimizing militant movements called jihad for that period.

    • Humanities & Social Sciences
      October 2018

      Religion und Gesellschaft

      Sinnstiftungssysteme im Konflikt

      by Friedrich Wilhelm Graf, Jens-Uwe Hartmann

      Religion ist auf die Agenda moderner Gesellschaften zurückgekehrt. Vor allem außerhalb Europas entfalten religiöse Akteure verstärkt große Mobilisierungskraft, erzeugen mit ihren Sinnangeboten aber auch neue Konflikte. Religion kann zur Integration von Gesellschaften beitragen, aber auch Polarisierungstendenzen verstärkender jeweils Anderen, Fremden begründen. Die Schattenseiten religiösen Bewusstseins werden ebenso erkundet wie neue charismatische Christentümer sowie die Faszinationskraft alternativer Sinnstiftungsangebote bis hin zur Esoterik.

    • Christianity
      June 2000

      Beyond Violence

      Religious Sources of Social Transformation in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam

      by Edited by James L. Heft, S.M.

      In an age of violence committed in the name of religion, how can religion become a vehicle for peace, justice, and reconciliation? And in a world of bitter conflicts - many rooted in religious difference - how can communities of faith understand one another? The fruit of a historic conference of Jewish, Christian, and Muslim scholars and community leaders, these essays focus the transformative powers of three monotheistic traditions to provide new beginnings for people of faith committed to restoring peace among nations through peace among religions.

    • Islam

      Muhammad

      Man and Prophet : A Complete Study of the Life of the Prophet of Islam

      by M. A. Salahi

    • Islam

      Dying and Living for Allah

      The Last Will of Khurram Murad

      by Khurram Murad

    • Economics

      The Classic Piano Course

      The Complete Piano Course for Older Beginners

      by Carol Barratt

    • Islam

      Islam

      Its Meaning and Message

      by Khurshid. Ahmed

    • Islam

      Quranic Keywords

      A Reference Guide

      by A. R. Siddiqui

    • Islam

      The Way of the Prophet

      A Selection of Hadith

      by Abd al-GhaffÕar ?Hasan

    • Islam

      In the Early Hours

      Reflections On Spiritual and Self Development

      by Khurram. Murad

    • Islamic life & practice

      Against Smoking

      An Ottoman Manifesto

      by Yahya Michot

    • Judaism
      February 2007

      Understanding Islam

      by Cafer S. Yaran

      Islam is can be one of the most misunderstood religions. For some people it is a religion of war, whilst for the others it is a religion of peace; as the literal translation of Islam into English indicates. So there is a great need for an academic and sympathetic understanding of Islam. The author introduces Islam in its many dimensions covering the main historical, theological, practical, ethical, spiritual, social, and global themes.

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