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111 Questions on Islam: Samir Khalil Samir S.J. on Islam and the West

Samir Khalil Samir is a Jesuit priest of Egyptian descent who now teaches in Beirut at St. Joseph University and is considered one of the world’s foremost authorities on Islam. He has been a visiting professor at many universities, including the University of Cairo, Georgetown, University and the University of Bethlehem (Palestine). He is the founder of CEDRAC, the Center of Arabic Christian Documentation and Studies. He also directs the publication of the collection of the Arabic Christian Heritage, and is the president of the International Association for Christian Arabic Studies. He is the author of twenty books and about five hundred scholarly articles concerning Islam and Christianity.
Published by: Ignatius Press | Publication date: 11/15/2008
Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 265 pages

Islam: Ideology and Conflict - Analysis of Islamic World's Diversity of Politics and Faith, Extremism and Terrorism, Sunni and Shia Divide, Sectarian Violence, Review of Islam's Historical Conflicts

Professionally converted for accurate flowing-text e-book format reproduction, this work is more than historical scholarship; it argues for an understanding of the Islamic World, Islam's roots and how those roots explain the political challenges of today. This is essential reading for anyone who is interested in making sense of sectarian violence, Middle East peace, and counterterrorism policies—for Islam is more than just a Sunni-Shia divide. There are layers of Islam that the author peels back to reveal the pretense that is the idea of Islam as an ideology. The central theme of this monograph is that Islam as a unified community is in actuality "imagined" communities fraught with fractures that help explain contemporary issues. This argument is broken down into three critical issues. First, it provides an overview of the conflicts in early Islam that are still the source of many conflicts today. Viewing the Islamic World as one entity or made up of major sects (Sunni and Shia) is misleading. Rather, a review of Islam's historical conflicts in the context of political, social, economic, and cultural issues allows the reader to understand that Islam cannot be assumed as a universalistic whole (i.e., Pan-Islamic movements). Just as Christianity cannot be viewed as a one-size-fits-all religion, Islam must be understood for what it is and is not. Islam is a complex religion with a vast history of internal conflict that speaks to contemporary issues today. Islam is not, as many in the West believe, a unity of belief and purpose that is tied to discussions on terrorism and radicalism.Second, the shifting U.S. role relative to Islam is presented. The very forces with which we contend today have often been our allies in the past. The U.S., in its short history, has been involved with the Islamic World from the very start. It was a Muslim country, Morocco, which first recognized U.S. independence. However, as the U.S. role in the world grew, so did the conflict with Islam. The post-World War II era saw the U.S. break out onto the world stage; the discovery of Middle East oil brought Americans and American companies to the region; and U.S. recognition and support to Israel all brought the U.S. and Islam in conflict. Since 9/11, the U.S. has invaded two Muslim states, while at the same time trying to "win hearts and minds" in the Islamic World. According to the National Security Strategy (May 2010), ".. .this is not a global war against a tactic—terrorism or a religion—Islam." Negative Muslim perceptions of the U.S. need to be understood if there is any hope of reversing the trend. Finally, the monograph deals with contemporary Islam, radicalism, and the issue of a fractured community. The current world of Islam is in many respects no different from the Islam during other periods in its history. Islam's internal conflict highlights the reason why Pan-Islamic movements never gain traction and the disjointed nature of radical Islam. While Islam might provide a common "cover story" for movements and groups, it is the local political, social, and cultural issues that are driving their policies and actions. Dr. Barrett posits that the West must focus less on Islam as an ideology and more on those local issues that drive the threat.Islam: Diversity of Politics and Faith * The United States and the Wrong Side of Ideology * The Islamic World: Politics and Extremism
Published by: Progressive Management | Publication date: 12/07/2015
Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 482 pages

Exit West: A Novel

WINNER OF THE 2018 LOS ANGELES TIMES BOOK PRIZE FOR FICTION and THE ASPEN WORDS LITERARY PRIZE TEN BEST BOOKS OF 2017, NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW   “A breathtaking novel…[that] arrives at an urgent time.” –NPR   “It was as if Hamid knew what was going to happen to America and the world, and gave us a road map to our future… At once terrifying and … oddly hopeful.” –Ayelet Waldman, The New York Times Book Review   “Moving, audacious, and indelibly human.” –Entertainment Weekly, “A” rating   A New York Times bestseller, the astonishingly visionary love story that imagines the forces that drive ordinary people from their homes into the uncertain embrace of new lands.   In a country teetering on the brink of civil war, two young people meet—sensual, fiercely independent Nadia and gentle, restrained Saeed. They embark on a furtive love affair, and are soon cloistered in a premature intimacy by the unrest roiling their city. When it explodes, turning familiar streets into a patchwork of checkpoints and bomb blasts, they begin to hear whispers about doors—doors that can whisk people far away, if perilously and for a price. As the violence escalates, Nadia and Saeed decide that they no longer have a choice. Leaving their homeland and their old lives behind, they find a door and step through. . . . Exit West follows these remarkable characters as they emerge into an alien and uncertain future, struggling to hold on to each other, to their past, to the very sense of who they are. Profoundly intimate and powerfully inventive, it tells an unforgettable story of love, loyalty, and courage that is both completely of our time and for all time.
Author: Mohsin Hamid
Published by: Riverhead Books | Publication date: 03/07/2017
Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 226 pages

Political Tribes: Group Instinct and the Fate of Nations

The bestselling author of Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, Yale Law School Professor Amy Chua offers a bold new prescription for reversing our foreign policy failures and overcoming our destructive political tribalism at home   Humans are tribal.  We need to belong to groups.  In many parts of the world, the group identities that matter most – the ones that people will kill and die for – are ethnic, religious, sectarian, or clan-based.  But because America tends to see the world in terms of nation-states engaged in great ideological battles – Capitalism vs. Communism, Democracy vs. Authoritarianism, the “Free World” vs. the “Axis of Evil” – we are often spectacularly blind to the power of tribal politics.  Time and again this blindness has undermined American foreign policy.    In the Vietnam War, viewing the conflict through Cold War blinders, we never saw that most of Vietnam’s “capitalists” were members of the hated Chinese minority. Every pro-free-market move we made helped turn the Vietnamese people against us. In Iraq, we were stunningly dismissive of the hatred between that country’s Sunnis and Shias.  If we want to get our foreign policy right – so as to not be perpetually caught off guard and fighting unwinnable wars – the United States has to come to grips with political tribalism abroad.   Just as Washington’s foreign policy establishment has been blind to the power of tribal politics outside the country, so too have American political elites been oblivious to the group identities that matter most to ordinary Americans – and that are tearing the United States apart.  As the stunning rise of Donald Trump laid bare, identity politics have seized both the American left and right in an especially dangerous, racially inflected way.  In America today, every group feels threatened: whites and blacks, Latinos and Asians, men and women, liberals and conservatives, and so on. There is a pervasive sense of collective persecution and discrimination.  On the left, this has given rise to increasingly radical and exclusionary rhetoric of privilege and cultural appropriation. On the right, it has fueled a disturbing rise in xenophobia and white nationalism.   In characteristically persuasive style, Amy Chua argues that America must rediscover a national identity that transcends our political tribes.  Enough false slogans of unity, which are just another form of divisiveness. It is time for a more difficult unity that acknowledges the reality of group differences and fights the deep inequities that divide us.
Author: Amy Chua
Published by: Penguin Press | Publication date: 02/20/2018
Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 302 pages

Among the Believers: An Islamic Journey

Naipaul's controversial account of his travels through the Islamic world was hailed by The New Republic as "the most notable work on contemporary Islam to have appeared in a very long time."From the Trade Paperback edition.
Published by: Vintage | Publication date: 03/23/2011
Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 452 pages

The Looming Tower

This Pulitzer Prize winner is the basis for the upcoming Hulu series starring Peter Sarsgaard, Jeff Daniels, and Tahar Rahim.A gripping narrative that spans five decades, The Looming Tower explains in unprecedented detail the growth of Islamic fundamentalism, the rise of al-Qaeda, and the intelligence failures that culminated in the attacks on the World Trade Center. Lawrence Wright re-creates firsthand the transformation of Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri from incompetent and idealistic soldiers in Afghanistan to leaders of the most successful terrorist group in history. He follows FBI counterterrorism chief John O’Neill as he uncovers the emerging danger from al-Qaeda in the 1990s and struggles to track this new threat. Packed with new information and a deep historical perspective, The Looming Tower is the definitive history of the long road to September 11.National Book Award FinalistUpdated and with a New Afterword
Published by: Vintage | Publication date: 08/08/2006
Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 480 pages

The Autobiography of Malcolm X

Now available as an eBook for the very first time! • ONE OF TIME’S TEN MOST IMPORTANT NONFICTION BOOKS OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY  In the searing pages of this classic autobiography, originally published in 1964, Malcolm X, the Muslim leader, firebrand, and anti-integrationist, tells the extraordinary story of his life and the growth of the Black Muslim movement. His fascinating perspective on the lies and limitations of the American Dream, and the inherent racism in a society that denies its nonwhite citizens the opportunity to dream, gives extraordinary insight into the most urgent issues of our own time. The Autobiography of Malcolm X stands as the definitive statement of a movement and a man whose work was never completed but whose message is timeless. It is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand America.  Praise for The Autobiography of Malcolm X  “Malcolm X’s autobiography seemed to offer something different. His repeated acts of self-creation spoke to me; the blunt poetry of his words, his unadorned insistence on respect, promised a new and uncompromising order, martial in its discipline, forged through sheer force of will.”—Barack Obama, Dreams from My Father“Extraordinary . . . a brilliant, painful, important book.”—The New York Times   “A great book . . . Its dead level honesty, its passion, its exalted purpose, will make it stand as a monument to the most painful truth.”—The Nation  “The most important book I’ll ever read, it changed the way I thought, it changed the way I acted. It has given me courage I didn’t know I had inside me. I’m one of hundreds of thousands whose lives were changed for the better.”—Spike Lee “This book will have a permanent place in the literature of the Afro-American struggle.”—I. F. Stone
Published by: Ballantine Books | Publication date: 08/25/2015
Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 527 pages

Islam the Solution to World s Perplexing Social Problems

Islam the Solution to World s Perplexing Social Problems
Publication date: 06/20/2018
Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 41 pages

The Qur'an (Oxford World's Classics)

'Read! Your Lord is the Most Bountiful one who taught by the pen, who taught man what he did not know.'The Qur'an, believed by Muslims to be the word of God, was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad 1400 years ago. It is the supreme authority in Islam and the living source of all Islamic teaching; it is a sacred text and a book of guidance, that sets out the creed, rituals, ethics, and laws of the Islamic religion. It has been one of the most influential books in the history of literature. Recognized as the greatest literary masterpiece in Arabic, it has nevertheless remained difficult tounderstand in its English translations. This new translation is written in a contemporary idiom that remains faithful to the original, making it easy to read while retaining its powers of eloquence. Archaisms and cryptic language are avoided, and the Arabic meaning preserved by respecting the context of thediscourse. The message of the Qur'an was directly addressed to all people regardless of class, gender, or age, and this translation is equally accessible to everyone.ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.
Published by: OUP Oxford | Publication date: 04/17/2008
Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 507 pages

Islam without Europe: Traditions of Reform in Eighteenth-Century Islamic Thought (Islamic Civilization and Muslim Networks)

Replete with a cast of giants in Islamic thought and philosophy, Ahmad S. Dallal's pathbreaking intellectual history of the eighteenth-century Muslim world challenges stale views of this period as one of decline, stagnation, and the engendering of a widespread fundamentalism. Far from being moribund, Dallal argues, the eighteenth century--prior to systematic European encounters--was one of the most fertile eras in Islamic thought. Across vast Islamic territories, Dallal charts in rich detail not only how intellectuals rethought and reorganized religious knowledge but also the reception and impact of their ideas. From the banks of the Ganges to the shores of the Atlantic, commoners and elites alike embraced the appeals of Muslim thinkers who, while preserving classical styles of learning, advocated for general participation by Muslims in the definition of Islam. Dallal also uncovers the regional origins of most reform projects, showing how ideologies were forged in particular sociopolitical contexts. Reformists' ventures were in large part successful--up until the beginnings of European colonization of the Muslim world. By the nineteenth century, the encounter with Europe changed Islamic discursive culture in significant ways into one that was largely articulated in reaction to the radical challenges of colonialism.
Published by: The University of North Carolina Press | Publication date: 04/20/2018
Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 440 pages
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