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The Venture of Islam, Volume 1: The Classical Age of Islam: 001

The Venture of Islam has been honored as a magisterial work of the mind since its publication in early 1975. In this three-volume study, illustrated with charts and maps, Hodgson traces and interprets the historical development of Islamic civilization from before the birth of Muhammad to the middle of the twentieth century. This work grew out of the famous course on Islamic civilization that Hodgson created and taught for many years at the University of Chicago."This is a nonpareil work, not only because of its command of its subject but also because it demonstrates how, ideally, history should be written."—The New YorkerVolume 1, The Classical Age of Islam, analyzes the world before Islam, Muhammad's challenge, and the early Muslim state between 625 and 692. Hodgson then discusses the classical civilization of the High Caliphate. The volume also contains a general introduction to the complete work and a foreword by Reuben Smith, who, as Hodgson's colleague and friend, finished the Venture of Islam after the author's death and saw it through to publication.
Published by: University of Chicago Press | Publication date: 05/15/2009
Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 545 pages

American Christians and Islam: Evangelical Culture and Muslims from the Colonial Period to the Age of Terrorism

In the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks, many of America's Christian evangelicals have denounced Islam as a "demonic" and inherently violent religion, provoking frustration among other Christian conservatives who wish to present a more appealing message to the world's Muslims. Yet as Thomas Kidd reveals in this sobering book, the conflicted views expressed by today's evangelicals have deep roots in American history. Tracing Islam's role in the popular imagination of American Christians from the colonial period to today, Kidd demonstrates that Protestant evangelicals have viewed Islam as a global threat--while also actively seeking to convert Muslims to the Christian faith--since the nation's founding. He shows how accounts of "Mahometan" despotism and lurid stories of European enslavement by Barbary pirates fueled early evangelicals' fears concerning Islam, and describes the growing conservatism of American missions to Muslim lands up through the post-World War II era. Kidd exposes American Christians' anxieties about an internal Islamic threat from groups like the Nation of Islam in the 1960s and America's immigrant Muslim population today, and he demonstrates why Islam has become central to evangelical "end-times" narratives. Pointing to many evangelicals' unwillingness to acknowledge Islam's theological commonalities with Christianity and their continued portrayal of Islam as an "evil" and false religion, Kidd explains why Christians themselves are ironically to blame for the failure of evangelism in the Muslim world. American Christians and Islam is essential reading for anyone seeking to understand the causes of the mounting tensions between Christians and Muslims today.
Published by: Princeton University Press | Publication date: 06/05/2018
Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 224 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

The City of Brass: A Novel (The Daevabad Trilogy)

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY Library Journal | Vulture | The Verge | SYFYWireStep into The City of Brass, the spellbinding debut from S. A. Chakraborty perfect for fans of The Golem and the Jinni, The Grace of Kings, and Uprooted, in which the future of a magical Middle Eastern kingdom rests in the hands of a clever and defiant young con artist with miraculous healing gifts. On the streets of eighteenth-century Cairo, Nahri is a con woman of unsurpassed skill. She makes her living swindling Ottoman nobles, hoping to one day earn enough to change her fortunes. But when Nahri accidentally summons Dara, an equally sly, darkly mysterious djinn warrior, during one of her cons, she learns that even the cleverest of schemes can have deadly consequences. Forced to flee Cairo, Dara and Nahri journey together across hot, windswept sands teeming with creatures of fire and rivers where the mythical marid sleep, past ruins of once-magnificent human metropolises and mountains where the circling birds of prey are more than what they seem, to Daevabad, the legendary city of brass. It’s a city steeped in magic and fire, where blood can be as dangerous as any spell; a city where old resentments run deep and the royal court rules with a tenuous grip; a city to which Nahri is irrevocably bound—and where her very presence threatens to ignite a war that has been simmering for centuries. *Finalist for the World Fantasy Award: Best Novel*Nominated for the Locus Award: Best First Novel*Finalist for the British Fantasy Award: Best NewcomerFeaturing a stepback and extra content including a bonus scene and an excerpt from The Kingdom of Copper.
Published by: Harper Voyager | Publication date: 11/14/2017
Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 569 pages

Mon fils s'est converti à l'islam: Même pas peur... (Témoignages & Documents) (French Edition)

Le témoignage poignant d'une mère à propos de la conversion de son enfant à l'islam !Que faire quand un tsunami débarque dans votre vie bien tranquille ? Je suis la maman de deux grands garçons équilibrés. Je suis une cadre épanouie, une jeune quinqua en bonne santé à qui la vie sourit. Tout va bien, tout allait bien jusqu’à ce fameux 15 mai, 5 h 21 du matin, quand j’ai compris que mon fils Simon s’était converti à l’islam.Avant que je ne comprenne ce qu’il se passe, la panique s’est emparée de moi, la peur m’a plaquée contre mon lit, les larmes se sont écoulées le long de mes joues. Pourquoi cette terreur ? Pourquoi cette envie de fuir la réalité ? Pourquoi cette perte totale de sérénité face au choix religieux de mon garçon ?Il devint vite évident que je ne connaissais rien de l’islam ni des musulmans. La peur naissait de ma méconnaissance, des amalgames que je faisais entre islam et terrorisme, entre musulmans et non-respect des femmes. Pour dompter ma terreur et respecter le choix de mon fils, je me suis ouverte à un monde que je ne connaissais pas.Ce livre raconte comment les opinions d'une mère à propos de l'islam ont évolué suite à la conversion de son fils.EXTRAIT Dimanche 15 mai 2011, 5 h 21 du matin.Cette date, cette heure précise, sont ancrées à jamais dans ma mémoire. Tout comme un traumatisme vous marque à vie, tout comme certaines amours vous collent à la peau ou comme une chanson vous obsède la journée durant ; le 15 mai – 5 h 21 du matin s’est engouffré dans mon existence sans que je ne le voie arriver, sans que je ne devine sa venue imminente. C’est mon tsunami à moi, mon Katrina et mon Tchernobyl à la fois, c’est la vie qui me joue un tour de tordu. Quels démons souhaite-telle soudain me voir combattre ? Sont-ils en moi ou en dehors de moi ? Ce matin-là, je ne le sais pas.Quand je pense que la nuit précédente, je rêvais que le plafond me tombait sur la tête.… Moi qui me souhaite des nuits douces, emplies d’images positives, je n’ai pas aimé le réveil.Heureusement la journée du 14 s’annonçait belle, mon grand garçon Simon nous avait rejoints pour fêter les 17 ans de Thibaut, son cadet. Juste un aller-retour d’Istanbul où Simon passait 6 mois, avant de commencer l’université en septembre. Je suis allée le chercher à l’aéroport. Lorsque Thibaut nous ouvrit la porte, il mit trois secondes à comprendre, son cerveau avait besoin de temps pour digérer ce que ses yeux contemplaient : son grand frère, son grand frère tout chéri était là, devant lui.CE QU'EN PENSE LA CRITIQUE À lire et à faire lire pour ne pas oublier que derrière une religion il y a des hommes et des femmes et que nous sommes tous pareils. Il y a beaucoup à gagner en faisant preuve de tolérance et de bienveillance. - Rêvez livresÀ PROPOS DE L'AUTEUR Clara Sabinne vit avec ses deux fils. Économiste de formation, elle représente la fondation caritative d’une grande multinationale en Europe. Depuis son adolescence, dans ses temps libres, Clara écrit des livres. Cet ouvrage est le premier qu'elle publie.
Published by: La Boîte à Pandore | Publication date: 11/20/2014
Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 138 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

Thomas Jefferson's Qur'an: Islam and the Founders

In this original and illuminating book, Denise A. Spellberg reveals a little-known but crucial dimension of the story of American religious freedom—a drama in which Islam played a surprising role. In 1765, eleven years before composing the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson bought a Qur’an. This marked only the beginning of his lifelong interest in Islam, and he would go on to acquire numerous books on Middle Eastern languages, history, and travel, taking extensive notes on Islam as it relates to English common law. Jefferson sought to understand Islam notwithstanding his personal disdain for the faith, a sentiment prevalent among his Protestant contemporaries in England and America. But unlike most of them, by 1776 Jefferson could imagine Muslims as future citizens of his new country. Based on groundbreaking research, Spellberg compellingly recounts how a handful of the Founders, Jefferson foremost among them, drew upon Enlightenment ideas about the toleration of Muslims (then deemed the ultimate outsiders in Western society) to fashion out of what had been a purely speculative debate a practical foundation for governance in America. In this way, Muslims, who were not even known to exist in the colonies, became the imaginary outer limit for an unprecedented, uniquely American religious pluralism that would also encompass the actual despised minorities of Jews and Catholics. The rancorous public dispute concerning the inclusion of Muslims, for which principle Jefferson’s political foes would vilify him to the end of his life, thus became decisive in the Founders’ ultimate judgment not to establish a Protestant nation, as they might well have done. As popular suspicions about Islam persist and the numbers of American Muslim citizenry grow into the millions, Spellberg’s revelatory understanding of this radical notion of the Founders is more urgent than ever. Thomas Jefferson’s Qur’an is a timely look at the ideals that existed at our country’s creation, and their fundamental implications for our present and future.
Published by: Vintage | Publication date: 10/01/2013
Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 417 pages

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 - A Complete way of life

Crime, Poverty, Social deterioration, Political corruption, Racism and Apathy; These words evoke an all too familiar vision that characterizes our homes, our communities, our countries, and the world at large. Philosophers, Sociologists, Politicians, and ordinary citizens have aspired to devise viable solutions to these modern ailments; however, contradictory to the desired outcome of these efforts, the magnitude of the problems is rapidly increasing.As testimony to this fact stand the volumes of statistics generated weekly by the agencies monitoring the world situation. Every solution implemented by the current world order only breeds more problems, and the existing problems continue to grow with each passing year. The persistent inadequacy of the West in dealing with these issues raises questions as to the source of its failure. Any viable solution to these problems must consist of both, the correct idea, as well as the mechanism and the resources to implement that idea. Therefore, the failure of the West could either stem from a lack of resources, or be deeply rooted in the ideas upon which Western Civilization is built, Capitalism and Secularism. As demonstrated by the numerous social and economic programs already implemented, which have mobilized an enormous amount of manpower and wealth, one can clearly see that the resources are not in scarcity. Consequently, the problems in the Western societies must emanate from the secular, capitalist mentality upon which the deployment of the resources is based. This failure of Capitalism is well recognized; however, the paradigm of the Capitalist ideology is deeply rooted in the society and has yet to be broken.Thus, today, the societies of the world find themselves at a crossroads. Humanity can either continue to tread down the road of failure, marching to the tune of Capitalism and Secularism, or it can search for a new path, a new ideology to direct its thinking and its efforts. Surely, the World is in need of a new and correct ideology, and it is with this vision that it must evaluate Islam.
Author: Abu Tariq, S Baig
Publication date: 08/18/2018
Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 63 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
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