. Muhammad's story is more relevant than ever because it offers crucial insight into the true origins of an increasingly radicalized Islam.
In the Beginning: A New Interpretation of GenesisBallantine Books #ad - N. Wilsonas the foundation stone of the jewish and christian scriptures, The Book of Genesis unfolds some of the most arresting stories of world literature—the Creation; Adam and Eve; Cain and Abel; the sacrifice of Isaac. Yet the meaning of Genesis remains enigmatic. As notable for its scholarship as it is for its honesty and vulnerability.
Publishers weekly“Armstrong can simplify complex ideas, but she is never simplistic. The new york Times Book Review. In this fascinating volume, karen armstrong, author of the highly acclaimed bestseller A History of God, brilliantly illuminates the mysteries and profundities of this mystifying work.
In the Beginning: A New Interpretation of Genesis #ad - Bonus: this edition contains an excerpt from Karen Armstrong's Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life. A lyrical chronicle of one woman's wrestling with Genesis that can serve as a guide to others. Karen Armstrong is a genius. A.
Islam: A Short History Modern Library Chronicles Series Book 2Modern Library #ad - It concludes with an assessment of Islam today and its challenges. With this brilliant book, karen armstrong issues a forceful challenge to those who hold the view that the West and Islam are civilizations set on a collision course. It is also a model of authority, elegance, and economy. The distillation of years of thinking and writing about Islam, it demonstrates that the world's fastest-growing faith is a much richer and more complex phenomenon than its modern fundamentalist strain might suggest.
Islam: a short history begins with the flight of Muhammad and his family from Medina in the seventh century and the subsequent founding of the first mosques. Karen armstrong's short history offers a vital corrective to this narrow view. It haunts the popular western imagination as an extreme faith that promotes authoritarian government, female oppression, civil war, and terrorism.
Islam: A Short History Modern Library Chronicles Series Book 2 #ad - It recounts the origins of the split between shii and sunni muslims, and the emergence of Sufi mysticism; the spread of Islam throughout North Africa, the Levant, and Asia; the shattering effect on the Muslim world of the Crusades; the flowering of imperial Islam in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries into the world's greatest and most sophisticated power; and the origins and impact of revolutionary Islam.
No religion in the modern world is as feared and misunderstood as Islam.
The Book of Dead PhilosophersVintage #ad - In this collection of brief lives and deaths of nearly two hundred of the world's greatest thinkers, amusing, absurd, noted philosopher Simon Critchley creates a register of mortality that is tragic, and exemplary. From the self-mocking haikus of zen masters on their deathbeds to the last words of Christian saints and modern-day sages, this irresistible book contains much to inspire both amusement and reflection.
The Book of Dead Philosophers #ad - Informed by critchley's acute insight, and sprightly wit, each entry tells its own tale, scholarly intelligence, but collected together they add up to a profound and moving investigation of meaning and the possibility of happiness for us all. .
You Shall Be as Gods: A Radical Interpretation of the Old Testament and Its TraditionOpen Road Media #ad - This founding text of the world’s three largest religions is also, Erich Fromm argues, an impressive radical humanist text. The old testament is one of the most carefully studied books in the world’s history. He sees the stories of mankind’s transition from divided clans to united brotherhood as a tribute to the human power to overcome.
From the social philosopher and new york Times–bestselling author of The Sane Society: An analysis of the Old Testament as a revolutionary humanist work. It is also one of the most misunderstood. Filled with hopeful symbolism, you Shall Be As Gods shows how the Old Testament and its tradition is an inspiring ode to human potential.
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The Origin of Satan: How Christians Demonized Jews, Pagans, and HereticsVintage #ad - From the religious historian whose the gnostic Gospels won both the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award comes a dramatic interpretation of Satan and his role on the Christian tradition. With magisterial learning and the elan of a born storyteller, Pagels turns Satan’s story into an audacious exploration of Christianity’s shadow side, in which the gospel of love gives way to irrational hatreds that continue to haunt Christians and non-Christians alike.
Liberating the Gospels: Reading the Bible with Jewish EyesHarperOne #ad - Liberating the Gospels: Reading the Bible with Jewish Eyes #ad - He offers convincing evidence that the Gospels are a collection of Jewish midrashic stories written to convey the significance of Jesus. This remarkable discovery brings us closer to how Jesus was really understood in his day and should be in ours. In this boldest book since rescuing the Bible from Fundamentalism, Bishop John Shelby Spong offers a compelling view of the Gospels as thoroughly Jewish tests.
Spong powerfully argues that many of the key Gospel accounts of events in the life of Jesus—from the stories of his birth to his physical resurrection—are not literally true.
A History of God: The 4,000-Year Quest of Judaism, Christianity and IslamBallantine Books #ad - Christianity and islam both rose on the foundation of this revolutionary idea, but these religions refashioned 'the One God' to suit the social and political needs of their followers. Karen Armstrong is a genius. A. N. A lode of learning. Time“the most fascinating and learned study of the biggest wild goose chase in history—the quest for God.
Karen armstrong has a dazzling ability: she can take a long and complex subject and reduce it to the fundamentals, without oversimplifying. The sunday times London“Absorbing. Why does god exist? how have the three dominant monotheistic religions—judaism, and islam—shaped and altered the conception of God? How have these religions influenced each other? In this stunningly intelligent book, traces the history of how men and women have perceived and experienced God, Karen Armstrong, one of Britain's foremost commentators on religious affairs, Christianity, from the time of Abraham to the present.
A History of God: The 4,000-Year Quest of Judaism, Christianity and Islam #ad - The epic story begins with the Jews' gradual transformation of pagan idol worship in Babylon into true monotheism—a concept previously unknown in the world. Wilson, author of Jesus: A Life. From classical philosophy and medieval mysticism to the Reformation, Karen Armstrong performs the near miracle of distilling the intellectual history of monotheism into one superbly readable volume, destined to take its place as a classic.
Praise for history of god“An admirable and impressive work of synthesis that will give insight and satisfaction to thousands of lay readers. The washington post Book World“A brilliantly lucid, spendidly readable book.
Muhammad: His Life Based on the Earliest SourcesDigital Deen Publications #ad - Muhammad: his life based on the earliest Sources is an award-winning 1983 biography of the Islamic prophet Muhammad by Martin Lings. The book also includes excerpts from original english translations of speeches by men and women who lived close to Muhammad, heard him speak, witnessed his actions, witnessed the way he interacted with situations and witnessed events he encountered throughout various stages of his life.
Scrupulous and exhaustive in its fidelity to its sources, yet authentic and inspiring in its use of language, Muhammad: His Life Based on the Earliest Sources is presented in a narrative style that is easily comprehensible, reflecting both the simplicity and grandeur of the story it tells. The book has been published in 12 languages and has received numerous awards, including acknowledgment as best biography of the prophet in English at the National Seerat Conference in Islamabad.
Muhammad: His Life Based on the Earliest Sources #ad - . It is based primarily on old Arab sources that go back to the 8th century, of which some passages are translated for the first time. It is not contradictory to other accounts but rather offers new insights and new details. The book provides a new account of the sira or the life of Muhammad, with details that had not been elaborated in other accounts.
Seven Masters, One Path: Meditation Secrets from the World's Greatest TeachersHarperOne #ad - Finally everyone who wants to learn how to meditate, or to deepen their meditation practice, can turn to one comprehensive guidebook that leads readers gently yet surely into experiencing the seven universal dimensions of daily meditation practice. Seven masters, one path guarantees access to deep meditative experience for people seeking relief from emotional and mental stress, and especially for anyone who longs to experience a deeper sense of connection with our spiritual core.
No matter how divergent all the theologies, rituals, and dogmas of the world’s great meditative traditions might appear, philosophies, John Selby reveals that the underlying intent of the original masters was remarkably similar—to help people to point their attention toward regular contact with the divine, through opening hearts and souls to direct communion with God by whatever name.
Seven Masters, One Path: Meditation Secrets from the World's Greatest Teachers #ad - Offering one meditation each from the seven teachers, Seven Masters, One Path emphasizes the commonalities in the diverse traditions, ultimately providing a unique and accessible meditation program that anyone can master. Seven masters, mohammed, one path brings together the seven primary practices of the world’s most revered spiritual masters—Krishnamurti, Lao-tzu, Buddha, Gurdjieff, Jesus, and Patanjali—in one simple yet complete program.
No god but God Updated Edition: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of IslamRandom House #ad - An incisive, scholarly primer in Muslim history and an engaging personal exploration. The new york times book Review “Acutely perceptive. While aslan might claim to be a mere scholar of the Islamic Reformation, he is also one of its most articulate advocates. The oregonian. Aslan explores what the popular demonstrations pushing for democracy in the Middle East mean for the future of Islam in the region, how the Internet and social media have affected Islam’s evolution, and how the war on terror has altered the geopolitical balance of power in the Middle East.
No god but God Updated Edition: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam #ad - . Timely and persuasive, No god but God is an elegantly written account that explains this magnificent yet misunderstood faith. Praise for no god but God “Grippingly narrated and thoughtfully examined. For many troubled muslims, this book will feel like a revelation, an opening up of knowledge too long buried.
The independent U. K. Thoroughly engaging and excellently written.