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 words as binding, and derives the meanings of other key terms on the basis of pan-textual comparison and analysis – which values it then enforces with rigid consistency across the entire translated text. The Qur'an: A Complete Revelation also draws the reader’s attention to the substance of the Qur'anic narrative in areas long disregarded by the religion which today claims monopoly rights over it, including: – Muhammad as a fallible man, one whose knowledge of God was limited to the Qur'anic revelation – The Qur'an’s emphasis on piety and good works as desirable irrespective of group affiliation – The absence – contrary to the Traditionalist’s expectations – of an external saviour figure – The existence and features of God’s time-honoured protocol for destroying tyrannical systems – The implication that God’s warranted destruction of evil is contingent upon actions by believers The Qur'an: A Complete Revelation (Reference Edition – Parallel Text) features: – The Qur'anic r...
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 Bible is thoroughly documented. Moreover, we will examine Bible prophecy, miraculous events, and other elements that demonstrate the spiritual truth of the Biblical messages. From Mecca to Calvary also examines the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The Quran and hadith deny that Jesus was crucified, while the Bible declares that Jesus was crucified. Which is correct? This book presents multiple lines of evidence for the historical reality of the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The book will also explore the spiritual significance of the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Islam: What Non-Muslims Should Know, Revised and Expanded Edition
Manufacturer: Fortress Press
Recent events have focused attention on Islam, the often- misunderstood faith of one billion people. Westerners are showing a new curiosity about Islam and other religions, in part, perhaps, because religion is arguably the single most important and volatile factor in geopolitics today. Islam needs to be understood on its own terms, apart from extreme expressions, John Kaltner argues.This revised and expanded edition of a trusted text offers updated information about Islam in an accessible and sympathetic presentation. Kaltner presents Islam as first and foremost a religion of practices. Showing the deep humanism of Islam and its most cherished commitments, Kaltner presents Islam through assertions that counter frequent misconceptions of the faith.
Iran and Christianity: Historical Identity and Present Relevance (Continuum Religious Studies)
Manufacturer: Bloomsbury Academic
In this enlightening study Mark Bradley looks at the growing underground church in Iran. Given the hostility of the regime, it is often assumed that Christianity is withering in Iran, but in fact more Iranian Muslims have become Christians in the last 25 years than since the seventh century, when Islam first came to Iran. Beginning with an in-depth look at the historical identity of Iran, religiously, culturally and politically, Bradley shows how this identity makes Iranians inclined towards Christianity. He goes on to look at the impact of the 1979 revolution, an event which has brought war, economic chaos and totalitarianism to Iran, and its implications for Iranian faith. The study concludes with an analysis of church growth since 1979 and an examination of the emerging underground church. This is a fascinating work, guaranteed to improve any reader's knowledge of not only Iranian faith and church growth, but of Iranian culture and history as a whole thanks to the thorough treatment given to the country's background.
Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to El-Medinah and Meccah (Classic Reprint)
Manufacturer: Forgotten Books
The 22nd of July was a grand trial of temper to our little party. The position of Bir Abbas exactly resembles that of El Hamra, except that the bulge of the hill-girt fiumara is at this place about two miles wide. There are the usual stone forts and palm-leaved hovels for the troopers stationed here to hold the place and to escort travellers, with a coffee-shed, and a hut or two, called a bazaar, but no village. The encamping ground was a bed of loose sand, with which the violent simoom wind filled the air: not a tree or a bush was in sight} a species of hardy locust and swarms of flies were the only remnants of animal life: the VOL. II.(Typographical errors above are due to OCR software and don't occur in the book.)About the Publisher Forgotten Books is a publisher of historical writings, such as: Philosophy, Classics, Science, Religion, History, Folklore and Mythology.Forgotten Books' Classic Reprint Series utilizes the latest technology to regenerate facsimiles of historically important writings. Careful attention has been made to accurately preserve the original format of each page whilst digitally enhancing the aged text. Read books online for free at www.forgottenbooks.org