Subject Area: Islamic Studies
This fascinating retrospective historical and political study is based on the premise that the knowledge of historical facts is important to a proper understanding of present day world conflicts and also those that may develop in the future. It offers real solutions for the resolution of those conflicts.
This book searches the development of Judaism, Christianity and Islam to provide reasons for the hatred of a faction of the Islamic world toward the West in general, and the United States in particular. It examines the possibility that the roots of this animosity are the result of the historical interactions between these three Abrahamic religions and more fundamentally the result of corruption of the original message of each religion.2007 0-7734-5458-6
The Book of Jihad
) is part of the fragmentary Book of the Disagreement among Muslim Jurists
(Kitab Ikhtilaf al Fuqah’
) by Muhammad ibn Jarar al-Tabar (ca. 839 – ca. 923 C.E.), the famous Muslim historian and Qur’anic commentator. It consists of several sections that deal with different issues related to jihad in classical Islam such as the rules of declaring and conducting war against enemy states and the rules of making peace with the enemy. Regarding each of these issues, the author expounds the opinions (or, “legal decisions”) of the founders of the three major Sunni schools of Islamic jurisprudence (d. 767 C.E.) and disciples, al-Shifi (d. 820 C.E.) and Malik Anas (d. 795 C.E.) in addition to the other jurists. The present annotated translation of the Book of Jihad is based on the original manuscript located in Istanbul, Turkey. The translator has provided a description of the structure and content of the translated text which concludes that al-Tabar’s Book of Jihad presents a clear model for the relations between the Islamic state and other states. This work will appeal to scholars of Islamic Studies as well as Religion, History and Political Science.2004 0-7734-6339-9
This book is a challenging inquiry using the foundational epistemology that establishes the Islamic worldview and its applications to all socio-scientific theory, issues and problems. This foundational premise of all socio-scientific inquiry is the epistemology of unity of knowledge in the Qur’an combined with the Guidance of the Prophet Muhammad (Sunnah) and extensive discourse in scientific reasoning. Such a foundational epistemology called Tawhid, the Oneness of Allah in the Qur’an, is challenging and quite a different worldview of socio-scientific inquiry than the existing thinking and practice that came to be known as ‘Islamic Economics and Finance’. The latter literature is embedded in mainstream economic theory and practice. It contributes to the understanding of the methodology emanating from the fundamental epistemology of Tawhid in socio-scientific reasoning. No particular demand is placed on such a development as an offshoot of mainstream economic, financial and more widely of socio-scientific thinking and practice. Thus, not only ‘Islamic Economics and Finance’ but also mainstream socio-scientific thinking await a new epistemology and worldview that can be quite distinct and more holistic for the benefit of mankind than the confined and narrow vision of both mainstream and ‘Islamic’ economics and finance in particular and socio-scientific thinking and practice in general. This book is a bold inquiry in the new and challenging direction of unity knowledge as the spring of new epistemological thinking and its application.
This research compares the New York Times
news coverage of the Israeli-Hezbollah War of 2006 (July War) and the Israeli-Gaza conflict of 2006 (Operation Summer Rain) with war coverage as reported by the Chicago Tribune
and theWashington Times,
. Using Herman and Chomsky’s (1988) Propaganda Model and Edward Said’s (1994) notion of Orientalism, this research investigates the range of permitted opinion and the representations of Arabs and Muslims in news articles.2012 0-7734-3669-3
This book investigates the presuppositions, namely ethics, spirituality and psychoanalysis, of the concept of sh?ra
, and how they can be applied in the art of governmentality.2005 0-7734-5958-8
This book discusses Arab-Muslim views of the West in the past twelve centuries, a huge period of time full of varying events. A distinctive mark of this study is that it provides the English-speaking reader with the original Arab-Muslim arguments, relying on a wide range of Arabic primary and secondary sources. It is an authentic source of thoughts that improves the literature and bridges gaps between the two distinct civilizations.2006 0-7734-5726-7
The Arabic language possesses a unique language feature, the Allah Lexicon, a rich and varied body of religious expressions invoking the Almighty. Despite the pervasive presence of Allah in the Arabic language, this linguistic phenomenon has been largely unexplored. This book investigates the impact of Islam on the Arabic language by examining key cultural concepts, the frequency of the word “God” in Arabic and other languages, and the philosophical and theological foundation of Allah expressions.2002 0-7734-7209-61992 0-7734-9581-9
Using a folkloric perspective, this book is an ethnographic study of the tools, artifacts, and other expressions of the material culture of literacy as it is found in the clerics' diverse activities within the context of the Hausa society in northern Nigeria. This study fills a gap in African data by addressing how informational, magical, as well as aesthetic potentials of the written word have been adapted in local contexts. Explores the origins of the diverse roles and types of malams (represented primarily by malaman Qur'ani and malaman ilmi). The history and origin of the current calligraphic styles adapted and developed by the Hausa malams are investigated as a guide to understanding calligraphic designs and writings on manuscripts, charms, amulets, Qur'anic boards, architectural decorations, and other artifacts. Field research was conducted primarily in Kano, but also in Zaria, Sokoto, and other cities and rural areas in northern Nigeria. Archival, museum, and library research was conducted in Nigeria, England , and the United States.2008 0-7734-5179-X
This work attempts to recapture the fluid relationship between ethics and such institutions as faith, politics and literary art not seen, according to the author, since the time of Muhammad. By exploring the narrative that Muhammad employs in the Qur’?n , the author works to reestablish the relationship and prove that if today’s Arab-Muslims still deem Muhammad the ethico-political and religio-artistic model to emulate, as he has been in the past, it is because he relates art to life.
This volume deals with all the major issues surrounding The Satanic Verses controversy. It explores Muslim reasons for wanting the novel banned and places their arguments in context with the history of the West and the Islamic world. It shows how Muslim hurt and anger toward the publication cannot by reduced solely to sociological or anthropological factors, but rather locates the reason for offence in the manner Rushdie chose in writing the novel. The book also seeks to illuminate how liberal reaction widened the gap between the author and the Muslim community in Britain. A large section of the book challenges the liberal arguments against censorship. It reveals the mistake liberals make in imposing their own belief system on the Muslim community. It explores the reaction from Christian circles, focusing explicitly on the Church of England. Finally, the study examines all the issues surrounding Law. It shows how the fatwa issued by the late Ayatollah Khomeini, though religiously motivated, is contrary to the law and spirit of Islam and must be condemned. It provides a unique discussion of the blasphemy law in relation to The Satanic Verses.2008 0-7734-5034-3
This work is an excellent resource for better understanding the Islamic faith. The study incorporates short stories, tables, and charts into this comprehensive introduction to the complexities of Islam.
This is a collection of essays that address inter-faith dialogue between Muslims and Christians in America and Africa. It addresses the issues dealing with how some Christians depict America as founded on Christian principles, and how this might deter dialogue across different religions. The goal is to get people to converse, not as formulaic Muslims or Christians, but as people with complex, plural, and ever-changing identities that defuse religious antagonism.2016
Through the devise of a literary autobiography the author describes the experience of contemporary women in North Africa. This book is one of the best examples of the women’s literary movement in the Arab Maghreb.2006 0-7734-6028-4Note: As accommodation to widespread usage, the word Qur’an has been transliterated to Koran in the title. The precise transliteration, however, is Qur’an, and that usage is followed in this book
This is a study of epistemological meaning of the Oneness of God and its implications on the worldview of unity of divine knowledge. On the basis of this cardinal epistemology the ontological deduction and evidential (ontic) description and explanation of unified world-systems are presented. The result is a new and challenging, path breaking work of analytical depth with extensive comparative study on the theme of unity of learning systems that are driven by the episteme of oneness of God as the premise of unity of divine knowledge explaining all world-systems. From this kind of original derivation of ideas many social and natural scientific questions are examined. Applications of such investigations and their analytical explanations in comparative views are suggested. The magnum opus will prove to be an indispensable companion of serious researchers and scholars in the area of original thinking on the epistemology of science and God.2015 1-4955-0273-2
This work examines major aspects of criminology and penology in Islamic jurisprudence in the light of the Shari’a classical heritage. Based on the mental construction and spiritual functions of the Muslim classical principles for crime prevention and the treatment of offenders, legal provisions are analyzed in comparison with international human rights norms, as well as American constitutional law, the Saudi and Egyptian criminal procedures, and the Sudanese and Emirates’ penal legislations.2001 0-7734-7538-9
This volume sets El Saadawi’s literary work within the context of her activism, in particular showing how her ideas for the renewal of society run through her writing. As a companion for reading her fiction and nonfiction, this volume contextualizes her work by taking into consideration the complexities of Egyptian society today – in particular, Islamic fundamentalism and women’s status. It also introduces the current scholarly debate on ancient women’s status. Chapters on individual novels look both at technique (oral literary traditions, woman’s narrative, imagery) and topic (female circumcision, gender roles, prostitution, honor killing). Novels examined are Two Women in One; The Circling Song; Woman at Point Zero; God Dies By the Nile.2016 1-4955-0505-7
A remarkable book examining the feminist discourse in the Middle East by analyzing selected philosophical texts by both female and male Arab thinkers. It explores the changes that have taken place in the Arab feminist discourse over the years by addressing the social, cultural, and ideological backgrounds of the region’s feminist over two centuries.2004 0-7734-6490-5
This book revives the tradition of Eve in three traditions and literatures. The discussion of Islamic material is particularly valuable, since it examines the exchanges of ideas between early Islam and Judaism. It displays an amazing ability to uncover irony and sarcasm in ancient writings that have a profound implication for understanding ancient religion, and also examines contemporary references to Eve.2002 0-7734-6878-1
This important work presents a technical study of the Qur’an in light of the epistemology of oneness of God, referred to as tawhid. A unique methodology premised on the unity of knowledge is derived in terms of an interactive, integrative and evolutionary model. To bring out this significant feature, the study encompasses many interdisciplinary fields, including Islamic studies, philosophy of science, mathematical systems, political economy, social contractarianism and the world-system. It includes an extensive comparative approach with Western sciences in these fields.2002 0-7734-6876-5
This important work presents a technical study of the Qur’an in light of the epistemology of oneness of God, referred to as tawhid. A unique methodology premised on the unity of knowledge is derived in terms of an interactive, integrative and evolutionary model. To bring out this significant feature, the study encompasses many interdisciplinary fields, including Islamic studies, philosophy of science, mathematical systems, political economy, social contractarianism and the world-system. It includes an extensive comparative approach with Western sciences in these fields.2001 0-7734-7675-X
This volume contains folklore selections written first in the Salar written system, the same selection rendered in the International Phonetic Alphabet, followed by an English translation. This is the first time such an extensive collection of Salar literature has been written in the Salar’s own writing system and it is the first anthology of the folklore translated into English with Salar and IPA counterparts. The preface was written by the West’s leading Salar scholar. This is a must for all Chinese, Islam, folklore, and minority collections. With Illustrations2007 0-7734-5423-3
This book offers an original examination of the origin and development of a rational humanist movement, the Freedom of Intellect Movement (Buddhir Mukti Andolan), which arose among a group of Bengali-speaking and -writing Muslim intelligentsia in the 1920s and 1930s.2009 0-7734-4779-2
This book examines the relationship between Iranian nationalism and Islam, especially Shi ‘ism
as the adopted official religion of the country by the founder of the Safavid Dynasty in 1501 A.D. The study covers selected periods in fourteen centuries of Iranian history with greatest emphasis on the last two centuries where secular Western reformist ideas overlap with progressive religious thinking.2006 0-7734-5567-1
Through the examination of primary and secondary literature, this work establishes that Islamic law is a corpus of accretive ascription fundamentally informed by authoritative precedents and practically preserved in the adaptive oral discourse.
In a first phase, Islamic law developed in the exclusivity of the oral environment that characterized the Qur’anic, Hadathic, and Hermeneutic discourses. It is argued that for more than a century of the life of the emerging Muslim community, these three discourses were exclusively preserved and transmitted orally. In a second phase (2nd to 4th Islamic centuries), the dialectic and casuistic nature of disciplines as provided Muslim religious authorities with the priviledged oral declarations that enabled and empowered their decrees and opinions. Finally, once the theological and legal schools of thought emerged (5th to 21st centuries), orality became even more prominent in delineating the boundaries between that which is in conformity with Islamic legal rules and that which is not. The transformed legal tradition, while aspiring to keep the connection between the past (Qur’an and Sunnah) and present has remained dependant on orality which ascertained the preservation of the singularly specific and characteristics traits of each school of thought.2008 0-7734-4988-4
Written by an expert in modern insurgency doctrine for the United States armed forces, this work skillfully blends issues of contemporary relevance with
modern and medieval historical background. The work is unique in bringing
Islamic texts to the discussion.2001 0-7734-3214-02001 0-7734-3151-92001 0-7734-3153-52007 0-7734-5217-6
This study explores in literalism and inerrancy as the interpretive basis of some Jewish, Christian and Muslim justifications of acts of violence. In the end, an argument is made, on historical, scriptural, moral and theological grounds, rejecting Holy War as a perversion of God’s creation.2007 0-7734-5548-5
Though the wise know that history will inevitably repeat itself, mankind keeps on making the same mistakes. It is never an easy task to write about war and religion, and Dr. Jacques G. Ruelland has managed to do so clearly and without prejudice. Through his exposé of the holy wars, this philosopher-historian traces a not-so-holy picture of civilization by analyzing the semantics of “sacredness” inherent to monotheistic religions. With the compassionate eye of the humanist, he helps us understand the origins of the justifications of wars waged in the name of the Almighty. Will we ever learn to eradicate this ancient practice? Not really, the historian believes, unless humanity can succeed in redefining the very notion of peace by assigning a new mission to science which would, ultimately, be dedicated to its real and ever-lasting pursuit.2010 0-7734-3716-9
This work demonstrates how falsafah
(which linguistically refers to a group of commentaries by Muslim scholars associated with their readings of the Corpus Aristotelicum
) in Iran has been always closely linked with religion. It also shows that after the introduction of Islamic falsafah
(and the onset of the Corpus Aristotelicum
in Baghdad in 899 AD), the blending of the new natural theology and the vibrant Iranian culture gave birth to a new making of intellectual sway which soon made Iran the center of falsafah
(and sciences) in the Medieval world.2007 0-7734-5284-2
This study examines the relationship between language and culture in the case of a college instructor whose identity is a blend of three different backgrounds (Sufi Muslim, Arab, and American); each of which is unique in the way it informs other parts of the individual’s identity, as well as the informant’s worldviews. By analyzing and interpreting data gathered from lectures, town-hall meetings, and interviews with the informant, the author seeks to illustrate how an immigrant’s native language and culture influence the construction of his hybrid identity as he function in different social arenas.2008 0-7734-5231-1
This book attempts to make sociological sense of the implications of the Islamic Revolution in 1979 for education in Iran in terms of ideological influences. Adapting Max Weber’s interpretive approach, it focuses on changing patterns of shared meanings and social relations in schools in one area of North West Iran.2011 0-7734-1494-0
Known as the "Spiritual Father" of Pakistan, Muhammad Iqbal lived at multiple human crossroads: of history as British colonial power waned in India, of the human relationship with technology during the crisis of Modernism, and of the awakening of political Islam to its cultural conflict with the West. Iqbal perceived an attack on the human dignity of Muslims due to the world-wide influence of Western culture, specifically through the ubiquitous prescence of British Imperialism. This study represents an inter-disciplinary history of ideas approach to Iqbal's prescription for the restoration of Muslim dignity: The Perfect Man. It discusses Iqbal's contributions to philosophy, poetic art, and how he integrated his conservative Muslim faith with his political ideals.2003 0-7734-6692-4
Fazlur Rahman was one of the great 20th-century Muslim modernists, whose prolific writing and sheer number of students who make up a who’s who of Islamic studies throughout North America reveal the impact that he has had on both academe and on Muslim communities throughout the world. The modernist approach is contrasted with the radical approach of Mawlana Mawdudi of Pakistan. The comparison is made richer by the fact that the two men knew each other personally. The need to contrast the Islamic views presented by Fazlur Rahman with those espoused by Al-Quaida are critical to avoid stereotyping the worldwide Muslim community.
The author examines jihad
from an historical discursive perspective, taking account of the economic and cultural contexts in which the doctrine first developed in Islamic law, as well as the doctrine’s applicability to international law and relations.
Named for the Law and Society Association's 2012 Herbert Jacob Book Prize.1997 0-7734-8655-0
Many ethnographers and anthropologists have written about traditional medicine in Africa as if it were one coherent system. This volume argues that though the Islamic and the pre-Islamic Hausa medical systems have by now many things in common, their theoretical and conceptual frameworks are different. They operate from different understandings of the causes of disease and misfortune, and the appropriate methods to be employed to restore health or alleviate suffering. It also discusses another significant difference between the Islamic and non-Islamic Hausa medical systems: the mode of preserving and communicating medical knowledge. For a thorough understanding of the interaction between these two medical traditions in Hausaland, the early history of Islamic medicine is described, and its theories, concepts, and developments through the centuries are explored.1999 0-7734-3195-01991 0-7734-9726-9
A study of the three bundles of Arabic Manuscripts from the Guinea Coast found in 1963 at the Royal Library in Copenhagen. The first part focuses on the examination of the instructions for making charms and amulets. The second part reviews factors that explain the popularity of Muslim charms in Asante. Pays particular attention to specific historical events in Asante from 1804 to 1867.2003 0-7734-6769-6
These essays examine the extent of religious influence on governmental and public policies, covering recent issues and many countries. The authors are highly-recognized scholars in religious, historical and political science disciplines.2006 0-7734-6030-6Note: As accommodation to widespread usage, the word Qur’an has been transliterated to Koran in the title. The precise transliteration, however, is Qur’an, and that usage is followed in this book
This is a study of epistemological meaning of the Oneness of God and its implications on the worldview of unity of divine knowledge. On the basis of this cardinal epistemology the ontological deduction and evidential (ontic) description and explanation of unified world-systems are presented. The result is a new and challenging, path breaking work of analytical depth with extensive comparative study on the theme of unity of learning systems that are driven by the episteme of oneness of God as the premise of unity of divine knowledge explaining all world-systems. From this kind of original derivation of ideas many social and natural scientific questions are examined. Applications of such investigations and their analytical explanations in comparative views are suggested. The magnum opus will prove to be an indispensable companion of serious researchers and scholars in the area of original thinking on the epistemology of science and God.2011 0-7734-1506-8
This book examines religious liberty and characteristics of Christian (canonical), Islamic and Traditional marriages together with those of the Nigerian statutory marriage. The author establishes religious liberty and equality as being beneficial to both individuals and the state.2005 0-7734-6235-X
This present study constructs modernity in Islam. Its value lies in its approach towards finding categories from within the shari' a law to create a space for an alternative possibility of modernity in the Muslim modus vivendi without changing its religious orientation. This unique approach remains within the Muslim tradition yet finding room for modernity in the Muslim world that is compatible with Western modernity. The author is remarkably successful in employing the ideas of Western modernity from Kant through Habermas and recent French theory (Levinas, Derrida etc.) in all its fundamental features such as the concepts of justice, human rights, secularization, individual freedom and society, democracy, gender relations, banking and financial transactions etc. that can be accommodated in the Muslim ethos.2016 1-4955-0475-1
This book analyzes international politics in the Sahara, describing the Mali crisis and the coup d’état of March 2012 that lead to the collapse of the State. Themes include the weaknesses of African States, democratic governance, decentralization and political legitimacy: terrorism and Islamic fundamentalism; corporate competition for cocaine, hashish, weapons, oil, gas, and uranium; droughts and demography; and poverty of Mali’s vulnerable women, children and refugees - victims of political instability.2006 0-7734-6026-8Note: As accommodation to widespread usage, the word Qur’an has been transliterated to Koran in the title. The precise transliteration, however, is Qur’an, and that usage is followed in this book
This is a study of epistemological meaning of the Oneness of God and its implications on the worldview of unity of divine knowledge. On the basis of this cardinal epistemology the ontological deduction and evidential (ontic) description and explanation of unified world-systems are presented. The result is a new and challenging, path breaking work of analytical depth with extensive comparative study on the theme of unity of learning systems that are driven by the episteme of oneness of God as the premise of unity of divine knowledge explaining all world-systems. From this kind of original derivation of ideas many social and natural scientific questions are examined. Applications of such investigations and their analytical explanations in comparative views are suggested. The magnum opus will prove to be an indispensable companion of serious researchers and scholars in the area of original thinking on the epistemology of science and God.2002 0-7734-6935-4
This book describes and analyzes contemporary Iranian fiction through the technical components of Persian literary tradition. Texts examined include: Tuba va Ma’na-ye Shab; Ghazaleh Alizadeh’s “Dadresi”; Ayenehha-Ye Dardar; and the short stories of Shahriyar Mandanipur.
2006 0-7734-6029-2Note: As accommodation to widespread usage, the word Qur’an has been transliterated to Koran in the title. The precise transliteration, however, is Qur’an, and that usage is followed in this book.
This is a study of epistemological meaning of the Oneness of God and its implications on the worldview of unity of divine knowledge. On the basis of this cardinal epistemology the ontological deduction and evidential (ontic) description and explanation of unified world-systems are presented. The result is a new and challenging, path breaking work of analytical depth with extensive comparative study on the theme of unity of learning systems that are driven by the episteme of oneness of God as the premise of unity of divine knowledge explaining all world-systems. From this kind of original derivation of ideas many social and natural scientific questions are examined. Applications of such investigations and their analytical explanations in comparative views are suggested. The magnum opus will prove to be an indispensable companion of serious researchers and scholars in the area of original thinking on the epistemology of science and God.1992 0-88946-499-5
This volume presents in empirical fashion the development of the entrance of Islam into dialogue. `Dialogue' is defined as the approach to encounters with other religions and ideologies not primarily in the teaching mode -- as holding alone the secret of life-- but primarily in the learning mode -- seeking to find more of the secret of the meaning of life. Gathered here are almost all the articles dealing with Islam that appeared in the Journal of Ecumenical Studies or books spun off it from over the past generation, tracing Islam's slow, painful, at times quite reluctant move to dialogue.2005 0-7734-6227-9
Philosophical assessment of abstract and symbolic notions underlying the spiritual visions of the saints is not an easy task. Professor Bhatnagar has admirably done this work. In ten chapters of this treatise he clarifies the mystical experiences and sayings of medieval Muslim saints and examines them from philosophical standpoint. This monograph has its groundings in intensive study of the primary sources in the original like Kashf al-Mah?j?b of Al-Hujw?r?, Ris?la of Al-Qushayr?, Kit?b al-luma’ of Al-Sarr?j, Kit?b al-ta’ arruf of Kal?b?dh? and Tadhikirat al-awliy?’ of ‘At?t??r. Quotations of the saints have been given in original language.
Professor Bhatnagar feels that the teachings of the prophet of Islam are best understood by the S??f?s on account of their mystical experiences gained on the Path of God. According to the author, the chief tenets of medieval Sufism are mah?abbat (love for God), ma’rifa (knowledge of God) and al-tawh??d (soul’s unification with God). Besides, this work is an impartial assessment of divergent tar?q (S??f? sects) and schools of S??f? thought. In addition, the author has examined the philosophical doctrines of the eminent S??f?s of India.
This substantial treatise on theory and practice of medieval S??fism written by an Indian scholar of Philosophy and Islamic mysticism is an excellent addition to the existing knowledge of S?fi thought.2006 0-7734-6027-6Note: As accommodation to widespread usage, the word Qur’an has been transliterated to Koran in the title. The precise transliteration, however, is Qur’an, and that usage is followed in this book
This is a study of epistemological meaning of the Oneness of God and its implications on the worldview of unity of divine knowledge. On the basis of this cardinal epistemology the ontological deduction and evidential (ontic) description and explanation of unified world-systems are presented. The result is a new and challenging, path breaking work of analytical depth with extensive comparative study on the theme of unity of learning systems that are driven by the episteme of oneness of God as the premise of unity of divine knowledge explaining all world-systems. From this kind of original derivation of ideas many social and natural scientific questions are examined. Applications of such investigations and their analytical explanations in comparative views are suggested. The magnum opus will prove to be an indispensable companion of serious researchers and scholars in the area of original thinking on the epistemology of science and God.2016 0-7734-4085-2
Most studies on honor killing look at it as an extension of Islamic beliefs. This book takes a different approach in that the concept does not arise from any religious text, but rather is a result of a community that is utterly patriarchal in its social orientation. The oppression of women is not mandated by any religion, but rather it is a result of a community where women do not have a viable voice and as a result are treated violently. Over five thousand women are subjected to honor killings each year and this is a moving testament to solving the problem. It shows solutions to the problem of the honor killing of women and argues that the practice is not mandated by Islamic texts, but is a result of a patriarchal social context where women are subjugated.1983 0-88946-010-8
Covers the spiritual pilgrimage to the holy sites of six major world religions undertaken by the Youth Seminar on World Religions, an event during which 150 young people and professors from 31 nations traveled around the world together to view the historical settings of Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Confucianism.2003 0-7734-6669-X
This book offers a comprehensive analysis of the unique meaning of Place (“Makan”) in the traditional context of the Eastern Islamic region, focusing mostly on the area defined by Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Iran. The book often replaces the term cities (as referring to oversized bureaucratic apparatus) with such terms as places and dwellings – meaning developed settlements that have retained a strong trace of social coherence and physical unity, which are the true focus. The study examines the way in which making and thinking, object and subject, are inextricably linked in Islamic places and reflect Man’s inner search for truth, and the role that place plays in helping the Muslim stay true to his faith and lead a life of meaning and spirituality. With illustrations.2009 0-7734-4812-8
This book examines the experiences and social conflicts facing Muslim Americans in the aftermath of September 11, 2001, providing insight on how the highly politicized and tense atmosphere which followed the events of 9/11 impacted the relationship between law enforcement agencies and Muslim American communities. This work also provides several polyvalent themes for improving domestic counterterrorism strategies, including the need for law enforcement agencies to make a concerted effort to educate themselves on the basic tenets of Islam, along with its diverse customs and culture; to establish an open and honest active dialogue with Muslim community members; and to create and sustain a relationship with the Muslim American community based on the foundational concepts of mutual participation, respect, dignity, honor, and social justice.
This book analyses Kateb Yacine’s writing throughout his career. It illustrates Yacine’s intellectual journal from the literary novel through the conventional forms of drama to the creation of the authentic, popular style of performance that he took to the people. His quest for identity became comprehensible in Nedjma and was constantly being renewed and reborn throughout his works in a way that reflected the changing social conditions of Algeria as it gained independence and sought to establish itself as a nation state. The contrast between pre- and post- Independence Algeria runs through the whole book and helps the reader gain new insight into the consistency and evolution of Kateb Yacine’s work.2015 1-4955-0385-2
This is a new and different psychoanalytic interpretation of the Old Testament Joseph Story which examines different cultural perspectives including the Christian, Hebraic and Qur’anic versions of this familiar religious story.2006 0-7734-5686-4
No other study explores the topic of religious discourse from within the context of postcolonial studies. This book uniquely analyzes two novels from very different contexts, Guatemala and Sudan, to illustrate that there is a profoundly problematic area within the ‘ethical purchase’ of postcolonial studies. It relates this problem to the ‘magical realism’ label that is applied to various postcolonial fiction. The book demonstrates this problem within postcolonial studies by critiquing the works of some of the foremost postcolonial critics. The study ends by bringing theory down to reality when it asserts that because of the differences between societies and cultures as they stand today, and with postcolonial studies lacking the necessary theoretical apparatus to deal with these differences, cultural contact is bound to elicit violence in one sense or another.2013 0-7734-4492-0
The conquest of Sasanian Iran by the Arabs, newly galvanized by Islam, brought to a close Zoroastrian Iran which would henceforth become an integral part of the Islamic world. This book examines the transformation of the country and its impact on the diminished Zoroastrian community; and investigates Zoroastrian-Muslim relations in Iran, from the early post-conquest era to the present time.2008 0-7734-5031-9
This work applies Social Movement Theory (SMT) to the study of the Islamic Movement of Sudan, paying particular attention to understudied mechanisms of contention and successful expansion, and the factors which facilitated the Movement’s rise in influence.2012 0-7734-3917-X
This study is the first to juxtapose pre-existing texts with Samuel Johnson’s portrayal of the Orient, particularly Islam and Arab culture. Nassir asserts that Johnson’s observations of Islam in both his writings and conversations prove that he did not look at it objectively and was highly biased against Islam and Arab culture in his assessment. The book seeks to furnish the students of eighteenth century English literature, Johnsonian scholars, and orientalists with useful observations of his orientalism as a whole in light of Johnson’s life, personality, and period in which he wrote.2005 0-7734-6279-1
This book deals with Ibn Khaldun’s ilm al-umran (science of social organization) which seems to generate different and conflicting views. To investigate the reason(s) behind such wide disagreements, this study examined some 300 written works that dealt briefly or extensively with Ibn Khaldun’s ideas. The study found that many of these sources asserted that Ibn Khaldun’s ilm al-umran enabled him to become the forerunner of one or more of the social sciences. However little has been mentioned about the nature of this science.
Thus, the purpose of this study is to present the different views as to why and how the Arab-Muslim Ibn Khaldun is given the credit of being the “first”, “the father”, and “the one” who laid down the foundation of social sciences. This study concludes that the prime reason for this unsettled issue is the different interpretations of the subject matter of al-umran. To enhance our conclusion, Ibn Khaldun’s major ideas are presented in some detail. Moreover, for the first time, this study applies the rigorous criteria of modern science to Ibn Khaldun’s ilm (science). This leads us to the next step, examination and verification of the claims that Ibn Khaldun’s main ideas anticipated some modern social thought. This study emphasizes the fact that Ibn Khaldun belongs to the fourteenth century; and, hence, some of his generalizations are not applicable today. However, this should not prevent one from selecting those segments of his work that currently appear relevant and that can be compared with “modern” thought. In this case, neither are Ibn Khaldun’s ideas exaggerated nor are modern writings belittled.1993 0-7734-9279-8
This study first briefly examines the advent and purpose of Islam, indicating the basic principles for the management of the economy and society. There is also an examination of the ethical basis of trade, land management, education. It lays down principles on which the structure of a sensible economy can be raised.2008 0-7734-4836-5
This work reports the results of an instrumental investigation into some phonetic aspects of Qur’anic recitation as performed in Egypt today. Particular attention is given to comparisons between styles, voice registers and trained and untrained performers. Seven reciters, four non-professional and three professional, served as subjects.
Islamic jurisprudence and its sources are brilliantly explained in this compelling and instructive book. The reader comes away with a clearer sense of the meaning of Shari’a principles and jihad, and how social justice theories translate into practical actions and practical reality in today’s global community.2006 0-7734-5535-3
This book on Islam and Islamic cultures focuses on the practice of Islam among indigenous people of West Africa. The author shows the importance of the sub-region in the development of Islam by documenting the long history of the religion in Black Africa. New ground is broken by analyzing the increasing impact of globalization and economic underdevelopment on the Islamic experience in West Africa. The author further contends that the worsening economic crisis and the total destruction of traditional systems of social and economic support by globalization in the developing world have led to a search for alternative spiritual meanings. He concludes that the prevailing image of Islam now portrayed in the West, is one that is not geared toward informing the public about the religion of Islam, but one certain to generate further hatred towards the religion and people of Arabic heritage.2016 1-4955-0469-7
This valuable work an exceptional guide to our understanding of Islamic origins and early Islamic-Christian relations. Few scholars have the expertise to translate the relevant texts contributing to this material. Dr. Bahkou’s analysis and commentary is impeccably acute in broadening our understanding of where the long oral traditions of this story correspond with the written evidence found in the Syriac Manuscript. This is a clearly articulated and masterful piece of research.2010 0-7734-3770-3
This book examines the fear of terrorism and its impact on community well being and public perception of government counter terrorism strategies. The author’s discussion of the audience and their role in encoding/ decoding raises questions about the relationship between the audience and the media in an era of new technologies.1990 0-88946-238-0
Explores the phenomenon of religious fanaticism as it arises from attitudes generated by "adversary identity," a term that describes the existence of religious groups which see themselves as possessors of dogmatic "truth packages," received through revelatory channels, which deny the validity of the channels and traditions of other religions.2011 0-7734-1307-3
This study is a holistic analysis of Djerha's female culture and customs, from agricultural practices and dietary traditions to rites of marriage and widowhood. Included in this work are oral testimonies of the oldest women in Midoun community, as well as documentation of folksongs, ceremonies and traditions. A CD with full color pictures and descriptions of material culture is included.
This book contains eleven color photographs and sixteen black and white photographs.1993 0-7734-9319-0
This book unveils the unique event of pre-Islamic poetry. It shows how personal ethics which is also an esthetics inaugurate Arabic cultural heritage free of outside moral authority or discipline. Here, among a group of poets, one discovers the roots of that heritage.2008 0-7734-5115-3
This work is the first sustained attempt of its kind to draw attention to the mystical side of Urdu poetry. The author goes on to show how the pantheistic form of mysticism appeared in Urdu poetry and how certain poets endeavored to reconcile mysticism with orthodox Islam. This book will appeal to scholars of mystical philosophy and Urdu literature.2009 0-7734-3858-0
This work argues that a link between the modern consciousness of woman and the Qur’anic discourse can be established only by revealing the historical continuity in the language formation in the image of woman.
A resource for addressing this issue can be found in the discussion of modern hermeneutics. The central theme of modern hermeneutics is to examine the historical continuity between the text and its interpretations.
The work of Hans-Georg Gadamer, a contemporary German philosopher who is influential in the hermeneutical ontology of language in both North America and Europe, provides the framework for this discussion.2004 0-7734-6310-0
This book provides a cross-cultural analysis of traditional social organization of the Old World Oikumene civilizations, which suggest that the world religions were its major determinant. The role of Christianity and Islam as determinants of social evolution is analyzed in more detail. Formal analysis performed in this book shows that though such factors as political centralization and class stratification were also important determinants, the difference in traditional social organization between Christian and Islamic cultures were mostly shaped by the respective world religions. This study also analyzes such topics as influence of Islam on social patterns in Sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia, or Hinayana Buddhism influence on the evolution of kinship organization. This cross-cultural analysis makes it possible to provide an entirely new assessment of the old controversy between Materialism and Idealism, to move beyond both of these approaches.