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New Threat, The: From Islamic MilitancyNew Threat, The: From Islamic Militancy by Burke, Jason

In this book, renowned expert and prize-winning reporter Jason Burke provides the clearest and most comprehensive guide to Islamic militancy today. From Syria to Somalia, from Libya to Indonesia, from Yemen to the capitals of Europe, Islamic militancy appears stronger, more widespread and more threatening than ever. Drawing on almost two decades of frontline reporting as well as a vast range of sources, from intelligence officials to the militants themselves, renowned expert Jason Burke cuts through the mass of opinion and misinformation to explain dispassionately and with total clarity the nature of the threat we now face. He shows that Islamic militancy has changed dramatically in recent years.

Roots Of Religious Extremism, The: Understanding The Salafi Doctrine Of Al-Wala' Wal Bara'Roots Of Religious Extremism, The: Understanding The Salafi Doctrine Of Al-Wala' Wal Bara' by Mohamed Bin Ali

One of the issues in contemporary Islamic thought which has attracted considerable attention amongst Muslim scholars and within the Muslim community is the valid and appropriate attitude of Muslims to relationships with non-Muslims. A major source of confusion and controversy with regards to this relationship comes from the allegation that Muslims must reserve their love and loyalty for fellow Muslims, and reject and declare war on the rest of humanity - most acutely seen through the Islamic concept of Al-Wala' wal Bara' (WB) translated as "Loyalty and Disavowal", which appears to be central in the ideology of modern Salafism. This book investigates the dynamics and complexities of the concept of WB within modern Salafism and aims to understand the diverse interpretation of this concept; and how modern Salafis understand and apply the concept in contemporary religious, social and political settings.

50 Questions Every Graduate Must Answer50 Questions Every Graduate Must Answer by Burnett, Eric

You might have thought you left behind the world of high anxiety testing the moment you donned your commencement robe and cap, and accepted your diploma on a stage far, far away. Ahhh…the naivete of youth. But as you will walk deeper into the adult world, you will realize that it will be life's questions that will truly kick you in the arse. Using stories from history, psychology, economics, literature, and a lifetime of answering incorrectly, Eric Burnett throws out the key questions all graduates must face, while giving them the ammunition they'll need to choose wisely. Along the way, he might leave you second-guessing a few of the choices you've already made, while spurring you to ponder what questions didn't make the cut.

In Love With DeathIn Love With Death by Satish Modi

Death is the inevitable fate of every single person on earth. How do we accept the inevitability of our own death? Industrialist and philanthropist Satish Modi is a member of one of the most influential and affluent families in India. Yet despite privilege and success, he discovered happiness was not synonymous with wealth-and the secret to a meaningful life begins with a fresh understanding of death. This moving, powerful, thought-provoking work based on his own reflections as well as the experiences of people from all walks of life. The result is a fascinating book that teaches us that whoever we are and whatever our aspirations in this life, it is important for each and every one of us to accept our own passing. In doing so, we free ourselves to live as fully as possible, guided by the principles of goodness, love, and compassion.

Concept Of The Buddha, The: Its Evolution From Early Buddhism To The Triyaka TheoryConcept Of The Buddha, The: Its Evolution From Early Buddhism To The Triyaka Theory by Guang Xing

Guang Xing gives an analysis of one of the fundamental Mahayana Buddhist teachings, namely the three bodies of the Buddha, the Trikaya Theory, which is considered the foundation of Mahayana philosophy. He examines how and why the philosophical concept of three bodies was formed, particularly the Sambhogakaya, which is the Buddha to be worshipped by all Mayahanists. Written in an accessible way, this work is an outstanding research text for students and scholars of Mayahana Buddhism and anyone interested in Buddhist philosophy.

How Buddhism Began: The Conditioned Genesis Of The Early TeachingsHow Buddhism Began: The Conditioned Genesis Of The Early Teachings by Gombrich, Richard F.

Written by one of the world's top scholars in the field of Pali Buddhism, this new and updated edition of How Buddhism Began, discusses various important doctrines and themes in early Buddhism. It takes 'early Buddhism' to be that reflected in the Pali canon, and to some extent assumes that these doctrines reflect the teachings of the Buddha himself. Two themes predominate. Firstly, the author argues that we cannot understand the Buddha unless we understand that he was debating with other religious teachers, notably Brahmins. The other main theme concerns metaphor, allegory and literalism. This accessible, well-written book is mandatory reading for all serious students of Buddhism.

Faith, Authority And The Malays: The Ulama In Contemporary SingaporeFaith, Authority And The Malays: The Ulama In Contemporary Singapore by Saat, Norshahril

This book examines the nature of religious life among the Malays of Singapore by researching into the nature of religious elite and the basis of their authority or legitimacy. It examines the social-historical background of the ulama, their family roots, education, career paths, elements of thinking, and various forms of contribution towards enriching the religious lives of the Malays. While furnishing useful information on the institutionalization and administration of Islam in contemporary Singapore, the author raises many pertinent questions on the religious lives of the Malays and Muslims in contemporary Singapore, as well as their relations with the wider world of Islam and Muslims elsewhere.

First And Last Revelations Of The Qur’An, TheFirst And Last Revelations Of The Qur’An, The by Louay Fatoohi

In the written Qur'an, known as "mushaf," the chapters are not arranged in the chronological order of their revelation, so the first and last verses in the mushaf are not the first and last revealed verses, respectively. There are a number of hadiths and historical reports about which verses and chapters were revealed first and last. This book examines the credibility of each report, evaluates the views of scholars, and presents its own conclusions. Focused on the subject of the first and last revelations of the Qur'an, this book is by far the most comprehensive and complete study of this area of the Sciences of the Qur'an.

Popular Hinduism: The Religion Of The MassesPopular Hinduism: The Religion Of The Masses by O'malley, L. S. S.

Originally published in 1935, this volume provides a discussion of the structures of belief and practice in popular Hinduism. Taking into account the complexity of Hinduism, and its position as a composite religion of many diverse elements, the text goes on to find certain common elements which draw together its various aspects. The relationship between Hinduism and social organisation is also considered, with detailed discussion regarding the importance of the caste system. This book will be of value to anyone with an interest in historical interpretations of Hinduism and religious studies in general.

Introduction To Hinduism, AnIntroduction To Hinduism, An by Flood, Gavin D.

This book provides a much-needed thematic and historical introduction to Hinduism, the religion of the majority of people in India. It traces the development of Hindu traditions from their ancient origins, through the major deities of Visnu, Siva and the Goddess, to the modern world. Hinduism is discussed as both a global religion and a form of nationalism.

Defining Hinduism: A ReaderDefining Hinduism: A Reader by Llewellyn, J.E. (Ed.)

Defining Hinduism is concerned not only with what Hinduism is, but also with what it has been and with the history of the religion and of the term 'Hinduism.' The book is composed of nine essays originally published over a ten-year period between 1991 and 2001 written by some of the most influential and interesting scholars working on the religions of South Asia today. These essays are put into context by a comprehensive general introduction as well as individual introductions to each of the three parts.

Contemporary HinduismContemporary Hinduism by Kumar, P. Pratap (Ed.)

Most overviews of Hindu belief and practice follow a history from the ancient Vedas to today. Such approaches privilege Brahmanical traditions and create a sense of Hinduism as a homogenous system and culture, and one which is largely unchanging and based solely on sacred texts. In reality, modern Hindu faith and culture present an extraordinary range of dynamic beliefs and practices. This book aims to capture the full breadth of the Hindu worldview as practised today, both in the sub-continent and the diaspora. Global and regional faith, ritualised and everyday practice, Brahmanical and non-Brahmanical belief, and ascetic and devotional traditions are all discussed.

Studying Hinduism: Key Concepts And MethodsStudying Hinduism: Key Concepts And Methods by Mittal, Sushil; Gene Thursby (Eds.)

This book is an indispensable resource for students and researchers wishing to develop a deeper understanding of one of the world's oldest and most multifaceted religious traditions. Sushil Mittal and Gene Thursby, leading scholars in the field, have brought together a rich variety of perspectives which reflect the current lively state of the field. Studying Hinduism is the result of cooperative work by accomplished specialists in several fields that include anthropology, art, comparative literature, history, philosophy, religious studies, and sociology. Through these complementary and exciting approaches, students will gain a greater understanding of India's culture and traditions, to which Hinduism is integral. The book uses key critical terms and topics as points of entry into the subject, revealing that although Hinduism can be interpreted in sharply contrasting ways and set in widely varying contexts, it is endlessly fascinating and intriguing.

Passion, Perseverance & Prayer: Life Is Meant To Be Glorious And Happy, Each Moment Of Every DayPassion, Perseverance & Prayer: Life Is Meant To Be Glorious And Happy, Each Moment Of Every Day by Ruprell, Pooja

Contemporary life often feels like a daily, all consuming, overwhelming grind, getting in the way of a peaceful, loving and healthy existence. But there is another way. Passion, Perseverance and Prayer is all about everyday guidance and inspiration, juxtaposing the personal with the profound. It is a story, a diary and a guide. The 52 inspirational, weekly readings encourage us to find beauty, shine with our own special light, and muster the courage to carry on through tough times.

Shadow Boxing With The Gods: The Story Of Mankind's BeliefsShadow Boxing With The Gods: The Story Of Mankind's Beliefs by Shankar, Vijay N.

This book is a tour through many traditions and beliefs in the history of Man, to arrive at the truths we recognize today. It is a book of aggressive but persistently rational thought, which deconstructs the beliefs and theologies that have accompanied mankind from the earliest times and often controlled human destinies. Based on the core truth that the greatest ideas, if carried to extremes, can become ridiculous and hurt people, the book traces the diverse strands of human belief in various civilizations, starting with fantasy and myth-making.

Spirit Of Zoroastrianism, TheSpirit Of Zoroastrianism, The by Skjaervo, Prods Oktor

Zoroastrianism is one of the world's oldest religions, though it is not among the best understood. Originating with Iranian tribes living in Central Asia in the second millennium BCE, Zoroastrianism was the official religion of the Iranian empires until Islam superseded it in the seventh century AD. In this volume, Prods Oktor Skjaervo, professor of ancient Iranian languages and culture at Harvard, provides modern and accurate translations of Zoroastrian texts that have been selected to provide an overview of Zoroastrian beliefs and practices. In a comprehensive introduction to these sacred texts, Skjaervo outlines the history and essence of Zoroastrianism and discusses the major themes of this the first fully representative selection of Zoroastrian texts to be made available in English for over a century.

Champions Of Buddhism: Weikza Cults In Contemporary BurmaChampions Of Buddhism: Weikza Cults In Contemporary Burma by De La Perriere, Benedicte Brac Et Al (Eds.)

Hidden at the margins of Burmese Buddhism and culture, the cults of the weikza shape Burmese culture by bringing together practices of supernatural power and a mission to protect Buddhism. This exciting new research on an often hidden aspect of Burmese religion places weikza in relation to the Vipassana insight meditation movement and conventional Buddhist practices, as well as the contemporary rise of Buddhist fundamentalism. Featuring research based on fieldwork only possible in recent years, paired with reflective essays by senior Buddhist studies scholars, this book situates the weikza cult in relation to broader Buddhist and Southeast Asian contexts, offering interpretations and investigations as rich and diverse as the Burmese expressions of the weikza cults themselves. Champions of Buddhism opens the field to new questions, new problems, and new connections with the study of religion and Southeast Asia in general.

Be HappyBe Happy by Tsem Rinpoche

Happiness is a state which everyone everywhere constantly strives for. Here, H.E. Tsem Rinpoche explains in very simple terms what causes our unhappiness. By highlighting our common misperceptions, he shows us how these misperceptions result in us creating our own suffering and how we can change them. With his trademark humour and candour, Rinpoche traverses from ancient Buddhist philosophy to modern psychology, as well as his own personal experience with his teachers and his painful relationship with his mother, in order to show us in the simplest terms how we can truly be happy.

Leading Ways: Evolving Yield And EffectivenessLeading Ways: Evolving Yield And Effectiveness by Hs Lim

In Leading Ways, HS Lim explains three leading ways to work effectively. Evolving Yield and Effectiveness (or EYE) will allow readers to experience self-mastery, team mastery and organisational mastery in their daily work. Leading Ways uses the author's real-life experiences to illustrate the essence of the insights he shares in this book for balancing work and life.

Buddhist Texts Through The AgesBuddhist Texts Through The Ages by Conze, Edward; I.B. Horner Et Al

This unique anthology of Buddhist scripture traces the development of Buddhism through the ages and around the world. Designed to serve scholars and students, this classic text has become a valuable resource for Buddhists and all those who wish to explore for themselves the original sources of one of the world's great religions. Accessible and jargon-free, these translations from the original Pali, Sanskrit, Chinese, Tibetan and Japanese are presented in plain English by four leading experts on the language and literature of Buddhism, while a glossary of foreign terms completes a thoroughly comprehensive and timeless introduction to the subject.