First published in 1957, Destination Mecca was both an ambitious travel book and a work of ethnographic and cultural research. Shah documents a wide range of fascinating journeys, from his quest for the gold mines of King Solomon on Sudan's Red Sea Coast, to encounters in desert caravanserais and sojourns with Mediterranean contraband smugglers, to his time as a personal guest of the elderly King Ibn Saud. As readable now as it was when first published, Destination Mecca acts as a beacon for hands on adventurers and those of a more sedate kind.
The tenets of Islam cannot be grasped without a proper understanding of the Qur'an. In this important new introduction, Muhammad Haleem examines its recurrent themes -- life and eternity, marriage and divorce, peace and war, water and nourishment -- and for the first time sets these in the context of the Qur'an's linguistic style. Professor Haleem examines the background to the development of the surahs (chapters) and the ayahs (verses) and the construction of the Qur'an itself. He shows that popular conceptions of Islamic attitudes to women, marriage and divorce, war and society, differ radically from the true teachings of the Qur'an.
This book for juveniles charts the development of Mecca as the most holy city for the world s community of Muslims, & explains clearly the history of Islam itself. It is the duty of all Muslims to try at least once in their lives to make a pilgrimage to Mecca. A selection of attractive & informative photos & maps reveals a holy city steeped in cultural heritage & awesome in its magnetism. The book shows how Mecca symbolizes the richness of Islam through its traditions, its religious festivals, & powerful art & architecture. Full-color photos.
Mecca and the Hajj: Lessons from the Islamic School of Hard Knocks
Manufacturer: Straitwell Travel Books
When American Muslim Jane Straitwell decided to go to Mecca for the holy Hajj pilgrimage, she got much more than she bargained for. Join her on this delightful yet arduous journey through the heart of Islam. This incredible book, written by someone who has actually experienced and endured all of the splendor, pageantry, spirituality, suffering and hardship that is Hajj, will give both Muslims and non-Muslims a true picture of what a Hajj journey is like -- and you will be totally entertained along the way!
Islamic Theological Themes: A Primary Source Reader
Manufacturer: University of California Press
Comprised of primary sources assembled from a broad chronological and geographic spectrum, Islamic Theological Themes is a comprehensive anthology of primary Islamic sacred texts in translation. The volume includes rare and never before translated selections, all freshly situated and introduced with a view to opening doors into the larger world of Islamic life, belief, and culture. From pre-theological material on the scriptural end of the spectrum, to the more practical material at the other, John Renard broadens our concepts of what counts as Islamic theology,” situating Islamic theological literature within the context of the emerging sub-discipline of Relational/Comparative Theology. Divided into five parts, students and scholars will find this collection to be an indispensible tool.
The Qur'an: A Complete Revelation (Reference Edition - Parallel Text)
The Qur'an: A Complete Revelation sheds new and much needed light on the message of the Qur'an; light hitherto impeded by dogma originating entirely outside the Qur'anic narrative, but required by Traditionalist Islam. Traditionalist Islam claims: – That the Qur'an may be understood only by reference to a later literature called the hadith – That, taken together, the Qur'an and the hadith provide the foundation for what is called Islam – That Islam is a religion in the sense of prescribed dogma, rite and custom – That by adhering to Islam one aligns oneself with the guidance contained in the Qur'an – That Islam’s emphasis on a Caliphate under Sharia Law originates in the Qur'an The Qur'an: A Complete Revelation illustrates where and how such claims – as well as others Traditionalist Islam makes – are at unambiguous variance with the Qur'an. The Qur'an: A Complete Revelation employs a systematic method of lexical evaluation, one which accepts the Qur'an’s internal definitions of key w...
The bestselling Politically Incorrect Guide series provides an unvarnished, unapologetic overview of controversial topics every American should understand. The Politically Incorrect Guide to Jihad pulls apart the dark world of radical Islam, exposing the inner-workings and motivations of the most violent menace of the 21st century.
The Key to Salvation: A Sufi Manual of Invocation (Golden Palm)
Manufacturer: Islamic Texts Society
This is the first English translation of Miftah al-falah, a thirteenth century Sufi text, written by Ibn Ata Allah, one of the great masters of the Shadhili Sufi order. It is considered to be one of his most important works because it sets out the principles of actual Sufi mystical practices, shedding light on the sacred invocations, and associated practices, such as the spiritual retreat. Written in a clear, lucid style, it offers a glimpse into the Sufi world of the 7th Islamic century and allows us to see almost at first hand how the novice was guided by the Sufi Shaykh and, above all, the purpose and preparation involved in engaging in the invocation, dhikhru'llah. Ibn Ata' Allah sets out to define it, to explain its nature and power, to show its results and to prove that it is part of the Prophet's Sunna, or practice. The author goes to great lengths to point out many Qur'anic verses where dhikru'llah is mentioned and cites many noted authorities.
Eunuchs and Sacred Boundaries in Islamic Society (Studies in Middle Eastern History)
Manufacturer: Oxford University Press
In this thought-provoking interdisciplinary work, Shaun Marmon describes how eunuchs, as a category of people who embodied ambiguity, both defined and mediated critical thresholds of moral and physical space in the household, in the palace and in the tomb of pre-modern Islamic society. The author's central focus is on the sacred society of eunuchs who guarded the tomb of the Prophet Muhammad in Medina for over six centuries and whose last representatives still perform many of their time honored rituals to this day. Through Marmon's account, the "sacred" eunuchs of Medina become historical guides into uncharted dimensions of Islamic ritual, political symbolism, social order, gender and time.
From Mecca to Calvary: Leaving Islam to Become a Christian
Manufacturer: Dextera Books
Each year, millions of individuals leave the religion of Islam to become Christians. Why? These individuals are often threatened with violence - or even death - for being “apostates” of Islam. Why would they take this kind of risk? These people are frequently shunned by Muslim friends and disowned by their families. In Muslim societies and communities, they lose all honor and respect. Why would these individuals sacrifice so much to become Christians? What would compel them to seek a relationship with Jesus Christ? This book, From Mecca to Calvary, will answer these questions. Both Christians and Muslims believe that God has spoken to mankind. Christians hold that the Bible is the message from God, while Muslims believe that God’s messages are in the Quran. Islamic scholars claim the Bible was corrupted in centuries past and so it is no longer a reliable source of spiritual truth. From Mecca to Calvary reveals the blatant dishonesty of this claim. The preservation and integrity of the Bibl...