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National Faith Of Japan: A Study In Modern ShintoNational Faith Of Japan: A Study In Modern Shinto by Holtom, D. C.

This classic work, long out of print, was the first detailed study of modern Shinto, the religion of Japan, in both its state and sect forms, and is of particular interest for its account of the evolution of Shinto into a vital political force in the period leading up to World War II. After describing the early and medieval forms of Shinto, Holtom outlines the way in which traditional Shinto - unorganised and neglected at the time of the Meiji Restoration - was subsequently used by the new government as a force for reunifying the country through 'integrating the national mind and glorifying the national destiny'. Following the legal separation of state and sect Shinto in 1882, Holtom shows how state Shinto grew steadily with the growth of modern Japan, becoming in his words 'a factor that could not be safely overlooked in making an inventory of the important items involved in the extension of Japanese political control and cultural influence on the Asiatic Continent and elsewhere'.

Justice Demand, The: Social Justice & The Singapore ChurchJustice Demand, The: Social Justice & The Singapore Church by Wong, Ronald Jj

Where is social justice in the Gospel? Where is social justice in the Church? These are the two main questions this book seeks to explore. Through the recount of the author's journey of discovering social justice in the Bible, on the streets of Singapore, in the long history of the Singapore and global Church, a survey of local Christians and interviews with Christian justice-seekers and pastors, this book challenges the Singapore Church, as God's Kingdom community, to reclaim biblical social justice as an integral facet of living the Gospel and manifesting God's Kingdom.

Esoteric Buddhism In Mediaeval Maritime Asia: Networks Of Masters, Texts, IconsEsoteric Buddhism In Mediaeval Maritime Asia: Networks Of Masters, Texts, Icons by Acri, Andrea (Ed.)

This volume advocates a trans-regional, and maritime-focused, approach to studying the genesis, development and circulation of Esoteric (or Tantric) Buddhism across Maritime Asia from the seventh to the thirteenth centuries AD. The book lays emphasis on the mobile networks of human agents ('Masters'), textual sources ('Texts') and images ('Icons') through which Esoteric Buddhist traditions spread. Capitalising on recent research and making use of both disciplinary and area-focused perspectives, this book highlights the role played by Esoteric Buddhist maritime networks in shaping intra-Asian connectivity. In doing so, it reveals the limits of a historiography that is premised on land-based transmission of Buddhism from a South Asian 'homeland', and advances an alternative historical narrative that overturns the popular perception regarding Southeast Asia as a 'periphery' that passively received overseas influences.

Al-Ghazali: Mishkah Al Anwar: The Niche For LightsAl-Ghazali: Mishkah Al Anwar: The Niche For Lights by Al-Ghazali

This treatise gives an intimate glimpse of the inner life and esoteric thought of Imam al-Ghazali. It begins where his autobiographical Deliverance From Error leaves off. It basically expounds the celebrated Light verse (24:35) from the Qur'an and the subject of Veils from the hadith. These are further elaborated in three sections; one studying the various meanings of "Light", another on symbolic language in the Qur'an and Hadith, and the final section concludes by applying the results of this symbology to the verse and hadith in question.

This Law Of Ours And Other EssaysThis Law Of Ours And Other Essays by Muhamad Asad

The thesis propounded in this book is based on several essays published in the periodical Arafat, which the author wrote and edited in the 1940s. Arafat was a "one man's journal", a kind of journalistic monologue meant to clarify the great confusion prevailing in the Muslim Ummah as to the scope and the practical implications of Islamic Law. The aim of this book is to contribute something to a clarification of this fundamental issue confronting the world of Islam in this period of transition.

Chronicler, The: One Man's Diary On LifeChronicler, The: One Man's Diary On Life by Koh Chye Hock

The unexamined life is not worth living," declared Socrates. In this collective journal, Koh Chye Hock opens the window of his mind as he distils for readers what he believes constitutes a purposeful, meaningful life, based on his 35 years of observing his own life, and others'. Succinct, perspicuous and provocative, the rich array of 225 aphorisms - on life valleys, plains and highlands - will set you thinking, contemplating and envisioning about your own life, and what it could potentially be. Readers will also be captivated by the life of Chye, who grew up as an orphan in the quiet town of Ipoh, Malaysia, to become a successful corporate lawyer in a multinational firm. Live an examined life. The Chronicler will unquestionably evoke your innermost voice, yearning for the profoundest human essence.

Not In God's Name: Confronting Religious ViolenceNot In God's Name: Confronting Religious Violence by Sacks, Jonathan

In this powerful and timely book Jonathan Sacks tackles the thorny issue of violence committed in the name of God - and draws on arguments from science, philosophy and many other disciplines to show how religion, rightly understood, is hardwired to be part of the solution, not just the problem.

108 Ways To Grab My Apples 2108 Ways To Grab My Apples 2 by Tsem Tulku Rinpoche

Yes, it's time for another grab of the proverbial apple! A modern Tibetan Buddhist spiritual teacher, H.E. the 25th Tsem Rinpoche has used social media to reach out and inspire many through his profound teachings. In 108 ways to grab my Apples 2, Tsem Rinpoche shares more nuggets of wisdom specially selected from his vast social media output. In his typical direct and down-to-earth style, Tsem Rinpoche dispenses practical advice on everyday matters, such as work, attitudes, responsibility, the environment and kindness amongst others. Most importantly, he guides us how to change our lives for the better - sometimes by simply taking on a different perspective.

Dharma Delight: A Visionary Post Pop Comic Guide To Buddhism And ZenDharma Delight: A Visionary Post Pop Comic Guide To Buddhism And Zen by Greenblat, Rodney Alan Musho

Abstract artist and Zen practitioner Rodney Greenblat uses light-hearted narrative and vivid pop art paintings to celebrate the joys of living life from the inside out. Part graphic guide, part personal testimony, part art book, "Dharma Delight" illustrates how seeking the path of compassion and acceptance can be as zany and exuberant as it is profound. It is a happy exploration of Buddhist Enlightenment what it is, where to seek it and how to recognize the perfection in ourselves. A great option for Zen beginners, sutras, Bodhisattvas and jataka tales are presented in a way that's simple, upbeat and fun to read.

Traces Of The Sage: Monument, Materiality And The First Temple Of ConfuciusTraces Of The Sage: Monument, Materiality And The First Temple Of Confucius by Flath, James A.

The Temple of Confucius in Qufu is the definitive monument to the world's greatest sage. Traces of the Sage is the first comprehensive account of the history and material culture of the temple. Following the temple's development through time and across space, it relates architecture to the practice of Confucianism, explains the temple's phenomenal perseverance, and explores the culture of building in China. Other chapters consider the problem of Confucian heritage conservation and development over the last hundred years - a period when the validity of Confucianism has been called into question - and the challenge of remaking Confucian heritage as a commercial enterprise.

Muslims In Western EuropeMuslims In Western Europe by Otterbeck, Jonas; Jorgen Nielsen

This introduction to the story of Muslims in Western Europe describes their early history and outlines the causes and courses of modern Muslim immigration. It explains how Muslim communities have developed in individual countries, their origins, present-day ethnic composition, distribution and organisational patterns, and the political, legal and cultural contexts in which they exist are explored. There is also a comparative consideration of issues common to Muslims in all Western European countries including the role of the family, and the questions of worship, education and religious thought.

Bible And Literature, The: The BasicsBible And Literature, The: The Basics by Jones, Norman W.

The Bible and Literature: The Basics provides an interpretive framework for understanding the significance of biblical allusions in literature - even for readers who have little prior knowledge of the Bible. In doing so, it surveys the Bible's influence on a broad range of English, American, and other Anglophone literatures from a variety of historical periods. This book explains why readers need a basic knowledge of the Bible in order to understand and appreciate key aspects of Anglophone literary traditions.

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.