• Humanities & Social Sciences
      November 2012

      The Saint Who Would Be Santa Claus

      The True Life and Trials of Nicholas of Myra

      by Adam C. English

      With his rosy cheeks and matching red suit—and ever-present elf and reindeer companions—Santa Claus may be the most identifiable of fantastical characters. But what do we really know of jolly old Saint Nicholas, "patron saint" of Christmastime? Ask about the human behind the suit, and the tale we know so well quickly fades into myth and folklore.In The Saint Who Would Be Santa Claus, religious historian Adam English tells the true and compelling tale of Saint Nicholas, bishop of Myra. Around the fourth century in what is now Turkey, a boy of humble circumstance became a man revered for his many virtues. Chief among them was dealing generously with his possessions, once lifting an entire family out of poverty with a single--and secret--gift of gold, so legend tells. Yet he was much more than virtuous. As English reveals, Saint Nicholas was of integral influence in events that would significantly impact the history and development of the Christian church, including the Council of Nicaea, the destruction of the temple to Artemis in Myra, and a miraculous rescue of three falsely accused military officers. And Nicholas became the patron saint of children and sailors, merchants and thieves, as well as France, Russia, Greece, and myriad others.Weaving together the best historical and archaeological evidence available with the folklore and legends handed down through generations, English creates a stunning image of this much venerated Christian saint. With prose as enjoyable as it is informative, he shows why the life--and death--of Nicholas of Myra so radically influenced the formation of Western history and Christian thought, and did so in ways many have never realized. ; 1. Finding St. Nicholas2. Out of a Dying World Comes a Light3. Three Gifts and One Election4. The Work of Victory5. Riots, Beheadings, and Other Near Misfortunes6. Death Is Only the BeginningNotesRecommended ReadingsIndex

    • 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
      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

      Westerweel Group: Non-Conformist Resistance against Nazi-Germany

      A Joint Rescue Effort of Dutch Idealists and Dutch-German Zionists

      by Hans Schippers

      The book about the Westerweel Group tells the fascinating story about the cooperation of some ten non-conformist Dutch socialists and a group of Palestine Pioneers who mostly had arrived in the Netherlands from Germany and Austria the late thirties. With the help of Joop Westerweel, the headmaster of a Rotterdam Montessori School, they found hiding places in the Netherlands. Later on, an escape route to France via Belgium was worked out. Posing as Atlantic Wall workers, the pioneers found their way to the south of France. With the help of the Armée Juive, a French Jewish resistance organization, some 70 pioneers reached Spain at the beginning of 1944. From here they went to Palestine. Finding and maintaining the escape route cost the members of the Westerweel Group dear. With some exceptions, all members of the group were arrested by the Germans. Joop Westerweel was executed in August 1944. Other members, both in the Netherlands and France, were send to German concentration camps, where some perished.

    • Humanities & Social Sciences
      August 2018

      Moses und Homer

      Griechen, Juden, Deutsche: Eine andere Geschichte der deutschen Kultur

      by Bernd Witte

      Das Buch befragt die deutsche Literatur- und Geistesgeschichte nach der Verdrängung der jüdischen Tradition und markiert die Lücken, die durch die Vertreibung der geistigen Repräsentanten des Judentums aus dem deutschen Sprachraum gerissen worden sind. Als in Deutschland gegen Ende des 18. Jahrhunderts uneingeschränkte Bewunderung für das antike Griechentum aufkam, wurde gleichzeitig das sich gerade der europäischen Aufklärung öffnende Judentum auf dem Schauplatz der Religionskritik vehement bekämpft. In diesem Kontext ist der aggressive Antijudaismus zu verstehen, mit dem sich Goethe und Schiller gegen die Sinai-Offenbarung und deren legendären Mittler Moses wandten. Beginnend mit Winckelmann hat die deutsche Klassik einen neuen Legitimationsdiskurs geschaffen, der unter Rückgriff auf den antiken Polytheismus das ‚produktive Individuum‘ und die ‚wachsende Natur‘ zu seinen zentralen Kategorien machte und damit den geltenden Monotheismus zu verdrängen suchte. Im Gegensatz dazu suchten Mendelssohn und Heine die Position einer deutsch-jüdischen Moderne zu etablieren. Das Buch verfolgt, wie der ‚Weltanschauungskampf‘ gegen den Monotheismus zum ‚völkischen‘ Antisemitismus des 19. und 20. Jahrhunderts führte und in der Shoa mündete, was die Verdrängung der jüdischen Tradition aus dem kulturellen Gedächtnis der Deutschen zur Folge hatte.

    • Historical fiction
      June 2013

      Across Great Divides

      by Monique Roy

      Across Great Divides is a timeless story of the upheavals of war, the power of family, and the resiliency of human spirit. When Hitler came to power in 1933, one Jewish family refused to be destroyed and defied the Nazis only to come up against another struggle—confronting apartheid in South Africa. The novel chronicles the story of Eva and Inge, two identical twin sisters growing up in Nazi Germany. As Jews, life becomes increasingly difficult for them and their family under the Nazi regime. After witnessing the horrors of Kristallnacht, they realize they must leave their beloved homeland if they hope to survive. They travel to Antwerp, Belgium, and then on to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, chasing the diamond trade in hopes of finding work for their father, a diamond merchant. Finally, they find a home in beautiful South Africa and begin to settle down. But just as things begin to feel safe, their new home becomes caught up in it’s own battles of bigotry and hate under the National Party’s demand for an apartheid South Africa. Eva and Inge wonder if they will ever be allowed to live in peace, though they cling to the hope for a better day when there will be “an understanding of the past, compassion for all humanity, and …hope and courage to move forward across great divides.” Worldwide rights are available for this novel. I would like to sell Across Great Divides in Europe, Africa and Asia. The readership for Across Great Divides are history buffs, both female and male, and all ages, from late teens through adult.

    • Literary Fiction

      Shadow of the Piper

      by L. P. Hoffman

      The Pied Piper still plays his tune, and in his shadow, many fall. When a disturbed teenager arrives at the Pittsburgh Rescue Mission, Cali turns things upside down by claiming to know “secrets” about a young evangelist’s shadowy past. The deranged girl lures Jesse Berry across the country only to slip away after they reach their destination. Hamlin, Montana, is not the quaint mining town it appears to be. Something sinister moves below the surface—the youth are at risk—and someone there wants Jesse dead. A few years back I was doing a book signing at a local book store. It was that day that I learned about a horrific quadruple murder that shocked my community. As the details emerged about the murderer’s involvement in the occult, I was reminded that these activities are perpetuated by a culture of secrets. It is my heart’s desire to reach those lured into this lifestyle. Why? Because I was once one of them and I know the collateral damage it can cause. Shadow of the Piper won Gold in Foreward Reviews 2013 IndieFab Book of the Year Awards for Adult Fiction-Religious and was named a Finalist in the 2013 Next Generation Indie Book Awards Contest for two categories—General Fiction/Novel (under 80,000 words) and Second Novel.

    • Bible studies: for individual or small group study
      November 2015

      Esau, My Brother: Father of Edom and Rome

      Esau – Father of Edom and Rome - hero of Palestinian Talmud – the Yerushalmi - and Midrashic sources in the Tannaic and Amoraic period under Roman rule

      by Dr. Irit Aminoff

      For two thousand years, Jews educated in their people`s traditions, have perceived Jacob and Esau as depictions of good versus evil, truth versus falsehood, purity versus impurity, and so on. Any Jewish child over the age of three, could depict Esau as that wicked personage who pursued his brother Jacob and wanted to destroy him in his fiery hatred. Esau whose blessing was denied him, rose against his brother to whom it was transferred. Indeed, Esau, in the form of the nations among whom Israel`s exile dwell, lays in wait for Jacob to this day, though, due to Esau moral and ethical inferiority, he will never realize his schemes. * The Christian, however, at mention of Jacob and Esau, immediately envisions the figures of the Genesis account [portions: Toledot & Vayishlah] as they are depicted according to the Biblical narrative form of diametrical opposites. * Esau and Jacob, heroes of the biblical account, portrays two opposite sets of fundamental traits: basic simplicity and fairness against cunning, treachery and sophistication. Through a process they become in the writings of the sages, contradictory figures who scarcely resemble the Biblical heroes. * The purpose of this book is to delineate this alternative Esau figure, the one created by Aggadic literature, and to try and understand the motivations behind this weighty shift of perspective. This is the book of Esau – Father of Edom and Rome - hero of Palestinian Talmud – the Yerushalmi - and Midrashic sources in the Tannaic and Amoraic period under Roman rule.

    • Bible studies: for individual or small group study
      June 2015

      Amos – The Prophet of Teqo'a

      The early prophecies of Amos against the local nations

      by Dr. Refael Levin

      The prophet Amos, one of the earliest prophets whose prophecies were collated into an independent book in the Bible, lived and was active during the 8th century BC. At that time, the Israelites who lived in the southern kingdom of Judah were ruled by King Uzziah, and those in the northern kingdom of Israel were ruled by King Jeroboam, son of Joash. The early prophecies of Amos against the local nations are relevant even today, since they speak of crimes being committed in the locale nowadays. The material success of Amos’s time caused the moral corruption against which the prophet rails. The prophecies of Amos and his words to his people sound as if he is directing them to our ears. His call to fix the social injustices is relevant to the evils of our generation just as much as it was to the era of the prophet. Most of his reproach touches upon social classes, inequality, and the need to provide protection to the poor and the weak. The book Amos - The Prophet from Teko'a explains and illuminates Amos’s prophecies, his fascinating speech techniques and his messages, doing so while referencing old scholars, traditional commentators and modern biblical scholars, and suggesting many original solutions to the difficulties that rise from the text. The textual analysis and the solutions use modern logic. The author suggests that Amos’s prophecies are edited into an elegant literary structure that demonstrates a progression in the prophet’s rhetorical capabilities. On this basis, the author brings original explanations to the prophecies’ structure and meaning - explanations that solve many of the difficulties that were raised from modern Biblical scholarship. The conclusions are that the prophet Amos’s message is one of social justice only (“But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream” Amos 5:24), that the prophecies presented to us are original and are brought in the order they were spoken. The book opens in a general overview of the era and the beliefs of the time, based also on the books of three other contemporary prophets - Hosea, Isaiah and Micah - and on Biblical, historical and archaeological sources. It goes on to explain the prophet’s words chronologically. In addition, the book discusses additional topics, such as the question of the precision of the Masoretic text; the appearance and frequency of God’s names in the Bible and the meaning behind them; the place of the earthquake as part of God’s punishment policy; the meaning of the End of Times; and more. Even though these topics are not connected directly to the prophecies of Amos, they arise while studying the Biblical text and are important for understanding it, as well as contributing to our understanding of other Biblical books. This book is meant for Biblical scholars, students, people who want to know and understand Amos’s words and his messages, and to Bible fans in general. Rafael Levin, PhD, acquired his PhD from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem in Physics. For many years he worked in research, development and management in the semiconductor industry. He served as the CEO of Tower Semiconductor LTD. Since his retirement he has been studying the Bible.

    • Biography: general
      December 2002

      The Search for Major Plagge

      The Nazi Who Saved Jews, Expanded Edition

      by Michael Good

    • Literary essays
      January 2006

      The Exorbitant

      Emmanuel Levinas Between Jews and Christians

      by Edited by Kevin Hart, and Michael A. Signer

    • Translation & interpretation
      November 2008

      Isaac On Jewish and Christian Altars

      Polemic and Exegesis in Rashi and the Glossa Ordinaria

      by Devorah Schoenfeld

    • Islamic studies
      May 2007

      On the Other

      A Muslim View

      by Rusmir Mahmutcehajic, Translated by Desmond Maurer

    • Judaism
      August 2005

      Racial Fever

      Freud and the Jewish Question

      by Eliza Slavet

    • Psychoanalytical theory (Freudian psychology)
      December 2003

      On Freud's Jewish Body

      Mitigating Circumcisions

      by Jay Geller

    • Jewish studies
      October 2007

      Mornings at the Stanton Street Shul

      A Summer on the Lower East Side

      by Jonathan Boyarin

    • Economic theory & philosophy

      Essays in Islamic Economics

      by M. Fahim. Khan

    • Local history

      Pioneers, Peddlers, and Tsadikim

      The Story of Jews in Colorado

      by Ida Libert Uchill

      First published in 1957, this is the original history of Jewish people in Colorado and is now back in print in a revised and updated edition with twenty-one new illustrations.

    • Biography: general

      Leave The Dishes In The Sink

      Adventures of an Activist in Conservative Utah

      by Alison Thorne

      Alison Thorne provides a small-town Utah perspective on the progressive social movements that in the mid to late twentieth century dramatically affected American society. A born activist, Thorne has fought for women's rights, educational reform in public schools and universities, the environment, peace, and the war on poverty. Her efforts have been all the more challenging because of the conservative social and cultural environment in which she has undertaken them. Yet, Thorne, who has deep personal and familial roots in the politically conservative and predominantly Mormon culture of Utah and much of the West, has worked well with people with varied political and social perspectives and agendas. She has been able to establish effective coalitions in contexts that seem inherently hostile. She demonstrated this through her election to the local school board and through her appointment by both Republican and Democratic governors, eventually as chair, to the statewide Governor's Committee on the Status of Women. Alison Thorne's background prepared her to challenge restrictive social contexts, see the broader picture, and encourage progressive change. Educated in the field of consumption economics, which studies those aspects of consumption that operate outside the market system, especially government services and unpaid household production, primarily by women, she received a Ph.D. in economics after graduate study at the University of Chicago and Iowa State, a first for a woman at the latter. Moving with her husband after he was hired at Utah State University, she soon discovered that her education and abilities were undervalued and that tight nepotism rules kept her out of an academic position. She devoted herself to research and writing about alternatives to the narrow definitions of a housewife's role and duties prevalent in the 1940s and 1950s. Both her scholarly work and her personal inclinations prepared her for the emergence of the second wave of feminism in the 1960s. Her participation in the fight for the Equal Rights Amendment honed her skills as an activist, which she applied to multiple other causes. But Alison Thorne's style has never been mere protest of injustice; she has always been fully engaged with her communities, directly working for social change and betterment. Rather than be discouraged by initial rejection, she found ways to contribute to education on the USU campus, eventually achieved academic standing, and helped create women's studies programs and a women's center. She met other challenges in her city and state similarly, by taking her gloves off, reaching out to others, building coalitions, and getting to work.

    • General & world history

      Journey Through Islamic History

      A Timeline of Key Events

      by M.a.j. Beg

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